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Tampa Bay vs. Texas,
09/12/2019 20:05 EDT,
Score: 4 - 6
Money Line: -155 Tampa Bay
8* Tampa Bay (8:05 ET): It was a costly loss for the Rays last night in more ways than one. First off, losing is never good, but especially when you're in a playoff race. Both the A's and Indians won Wednesday, which means the three Wild Card contenders in the American League are now separated by just a single game in the standings. Tampa Bay remains on top, but obviously a lot can change in a day now. The team the Rays are facing here, Texas, is a not contender and thus there's really no excuse to lose B2B games. Look for the better team to assert itself tonight.
Texas has played better of late, winning five of six. But four of those wins were against the sorry Orioles. Last night's game was certainly a wild one, basically decided in two crucial innings. The Rangers scored seven runs in the bottom of the first for their highest scoring inning of the year. It took 41 pitches before the Rays finally got an out. But, incredibly, they battled back to take the lead by the 4th. That lead easily could have been extended in the 7th, which is when they had TWO runners picked off. That proved costly as Rougned Odor homered for the Rangers in the bottom half of the frame, making it a 10-8 game and giving his team the lead for good. Obviously, I cannot see Tampa Bay's pitching (2nd in AL in runs allowed) being as inept as it was last night. They also are unlikely to make the same kind of mistakes we saw in yday's game.
The Rays had won 11 of 12 before losing last night. They still are 44-28 on the road, one of the best such records in baseball. Texas has lost 23 of its last 34 games against teams w/ a winning record. For TB, it's Brendan McKay getting the nod tonight. His big league debut came against the Rangers on 6.29 and he was perfect through five innings and ended up allowing just one hit in six. After being "shut down" for 10 days (arm fatigue), McKay returned to the rotation last Friday and threw 3 2/3 shutout innings vs. Toronto, again allowing just one hit. He also had seven strikeouts. Kolby Allard is going here for Texas and while he's been good his last three starts overall, his ERA and WHIP at home are still 6.51 and 1.861 respectively. I don't read much into his 5-1 TSR. 8* Tampa Bay