There will be some exciting Major League Baseball action on Tuesday night. Two of the division leaders in the American League will be going head to head. The game, Tampa Bay vs Texas, will be starting soon at 8:05 PM ET.
The home-team Rangers are riding high after the All-Star break. They will aim to maintain their winning streak which is currently at four games. Unibet has the odds in favor of the Rangers, with a price of -136 as of the wee hours of the morning. The Rays, conversely, have odds of +116 with the same firm (odds may change throughout the day).
Tampa Bay vs Texas pitching matchup (July 18th, 2023)
If Tampa Bay wants to use this game to turn their losing ways around, they are sorely lacking a reliable starting pitcher for the job. They can muster no one better than Taj Bradley. While he may yet develop into a talent, his track record this season has been far from impressive. With a 5-5 record and an inflated ERA of 5.43, it’s hard to be confident in him. Furthermore, you can’t bank on Tampa Bay winning a slugfest as they prepare to face a Cy Young candidate.
The Rangers have the talented Nathan Eovaldi ready to take the field. Eovaldi is currently the fifth favorite to win the AL’s Cy Young Award, with odds of +1000 at Unibet. With a 10-3 record, an impressive ERA of 2.83, and a remarkably low WHIP of 1.02, Eovaldi is a force to be reckoned with. Additionally, he’ll be well-rested for this game, having last pitched in a regular-season game on July 6th.
Tampa Bay playing .375 baseball over the last month
The Tampa Bay Rays had a spectacular start to the season, boasting a remarkable record of 51 wins and just 22 losses by June 17th, 2023. However, their recent performance has taken a nosedive.
Consequently, their overall record is now just 60 wins and 37 losses. That means they have just nine wins in the last month.
It is evident that the team’s dominance has waned and they are gradually returning to a more average level of play. If they are to hit their peak again this season, it probably won’t be against the mighty Rangers, in a game that the Rangers host, and in a game where Texas has their well-rested ace on the mound.
This is clearly a game to go with the home team. Having said that, we’ve tipped our recommendation. We think that the Rangers are heavier favorites in this game than what the odds of -136 suggest.