Rangers vs Rays Prediction MLB Experts Picks 7/18

Rangers vs Rays Prediction MLB Experts Picks 7/18

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MLB Predictions: Rays vs. Rangers - Best Bet

 

Introduction

The Tampa Bay Rays will face the Texas Rangers on July 18, 2023. In this article, we will provide expert analysis and predictions for this game. Both teams possess strong lineups and have demonstrated their ability to score runs consistently throughout the season.

 

Pitching Analysis

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays will start Taj Bradley on the mound. Bradley has a 5-5 record with a 5.43 ERA. Although he has shown flashes of potential, he has also struggled at times, allowing runs to score. Against a solid Rangers lineup, Bradley may face challenges in keeping the opposition in check.

Texas Rangers

The Rangers will counter with Nathan Eovaldi as their starting pitcher. Eovaldi has been outstanding this season, boasting a 10-3 record with a 2.83 ERA. He has demonstrated excellent command and the ability to limit runs. However, the potent Rays lineup could pose a significant challenge to Eovaldi.

 

Hitting Analysis

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays feature a strong lineup led by players such as Yandy Diaz and Randy Arozarena. Diaz has been impressive with a .322 batting average and has shown good plate discipline, while Arozarena has contributed with 16 home runs and 60 RBIs. With their ability to get on base and drive in runs, the Rays have the potential to score multiple runs in this game.

Texas Rangers

The Rangers possess a potent lineup anchored by players like Adolis Garcia and Jose Siri. Garcia has been a standout with 24 home runs and 80 RBIs, while Siri has provided power with 18 home runs. With their ability to hit for both power and average, the Rangers have the potential to put up runs against the Rays' pitching staff.

 

Injury Report

Tampa Bay Rays

  • Johan Lopez (SS) - Currently serving a suspension as of July 18.

Texas Rangers

  • Jack Leiter (SP) - Out since July 14.
  • Josh Sborz (RP) - Currently on the 15-day injured list since July 15.

 

Prediction

Considering the strong lineups of both teams and the potential vulnerabilities of the starting pitchers, we predict that the over of 8.5 runs is the best bet for this game. The Rays and the Rangers have shown the ability to produce runs consistently throughout the season, and with the starting pitchers potentially giving up runs, there is a high likelihood of a high-scoring game.

Both teams possess lineups that can hit for power and get on base consistently. With the total runs set at 8.5, there is a good chance that the offenses will generate enough scoring opportunities to exceed this number. Additionally, the bullpen performances and potential late-inning scoring could also contribute to the total runs scored.

In conclusion, betting on the over of 8.5 runs is the recommended choice for this game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers. Both teams possess strong lineups that have consistently produced runs throughout the season. Keep these insights in mind when making your betting decisions, and remember to gamble responsibly.

 

Pick: Over 8.5 runs

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