The Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas rangers end their weekend series today from Tampa. All odds for this game are updated at Bovada sportsbook.
The Rays are battling for a playoff spot, but after their loss on Saturday they are on the outside looking in. Although they received a solid start from Chris Archer who struck out 11 over 7 innings, they could not pull out the win. This afternoon they will start James Shields who has pitched great for them this season. Shields has allowed 186 hits in 190 innings of work this season.
The Rangers are churning towards the postseason and have been playing great throughout. They received a solid starting pitching outing themselves from Yu Darvish who pitched eight solid innings although he did not factor in the decision. This afternoon Texas will start Roy Oswalt who makes his return to the starting rotation.
Tampa Bay is 5-2 in their last seven games overall, 9-5 in their last 14 home games, and 6-1 in Shields’ last seven starts. Texas is 8-3 in their last 11 road games, 1-4 in their last five games as an underdog, and 4-1 in Oswalt’s last five starts. Tampa Bay is 4-1 in Shields’ last five starts against Texas.
They don’t call him big game James for nothing. Expect a big performance from Shields and take Tampa as a moneyline favorite at home but first read a sports book review.