The Tampa Bay Rays will host the Texas Rangers in the first game of a three-game series on Friday, June 9th at the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays and the Rangers have both enjoyed remarkable seasons. Both teams are competing for 1st place in the American League, so this contest should be an exciting battle. With a 6.5 game lead over the Orioles, Tampa Bay currently sits in 1st place in the AL West with an overall record of 46-19. Texas stands in 1st place in the AL West with an overall record of 40-21.
After more than 2 months of competition, Tampa Bay still has the best overall record in MLB. The Rays have proven outstanding all season, and they currently lead the MLB with a .816 OPS and 5.75 runs scored per game. With 107 home runs as a unit, which is 7 greater than any other side this year, they have also been topping baseball.
As far as pitching goes, the Rays have outdone the Rangers this season in terms of efficiency. Their 3.54 ERA ranks third-best; by contrast, the Rangers rank second in wins and fourth in ERA with 3.66. So even though the Rays are above, the Rangers are following closely behind.
On Friday, Tyler Glasnow will start for the home squad. The 8 year veteran played against the LA Dodgers on May 27 after recovering from an oblique injury. He has a record of 0-0, an ERA of 3.72, a WHIP of 1.35 and 14 strikeouts.
The Texas Rangers have an excellent chance of taking this game and continue closing the gap to Tampa Bay. Currently sitting atop the AL West with a five game lead over the Houston Astros, fans will eagerly anticipate seeing what unfolds over the coming months of regular season action.
Starting on the mound in this game for Texas will be Andrew Heaney, with a record of 4-3, an ERA of 4.03, a WHIP of 1.26 and 60 strikeouts.
Texas Rangers vs Tampa Bay Rays Game Information
- Date: 06/09/2023
- Time: 06:40 PM ET
- Location: Tropicana Field.
- How to Watch Rangers vs Rays: MLB.TV
- Live Stream: MLB.TV
Rangers vs Rays Betting Lines
Rays are -165 according to our Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $60.61. On the other side, Rangers are +145 according to the Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $145.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Rays at a 62.26% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Rangers have 40.82% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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