Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers Preview and Predictions 09-12-2019
The Texas Rangers won't be playing in the postseason, but can make an impact on the race and get back to .500 when they host the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday for the rubber match of a three-game series. Rougned Odor belted a go-ahead three-run homer as the Rangers won a wild 10-9 decision Wednesday for their fifth victory in their last six contests.
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Odor is 10-for-26 with four homers and eight RBIs over his last seven games while teammate Nick Solak, a former Tampa Bay farmhand, is 8-for-16 with six RBIs and five runs scored in his last four outings for Texas (73-74), which has already won six more contests than last year. The Rangers will send Kolby Allard to the mound for the series finale in a battle of former first-round picks against fellow rookie lefty Brendan McKay, who allowed one hit and struck out three in six scoreless innings to beat Texas in his major league debut June 29. The Rays lost for the second time in 13 games Wednesday and saw their lead for the top wild card in the American League shrink to one-half game over Oakland while Cleveland is one back. Austin Meadows had a single Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to 10 games (17-for-36, five homers, 11 RBIs) and fellow outfielder Tommy Pham doubled home a run to hit safely for the ninth straight contest (14-for-35).
TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, FS Sun (Tampa Bay), FS Southwest (Texas)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays LH Brendan McKay (2-3, 5.03 ERA) vs. Rangers LH Kolby Allard (4-0, 3.78)
McKay was outstanding in his first game back with the Rays in more than two weeks after suffering shoulder fatigue, limiting Toronto to one hit over 3 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts Friday. The 23-year-old Louisville product had given up 11 runs (seven earned) on eight hits with nine walks over six innings in his previous two outings. Danny Santana had the only hit in the first meeting against McKay, who is 1-0 with a 4.40 ERA in three starts on the road this year.
Allard has pitched well in five of his six starts since coming over from Atlanta in a deal for reliever Chris Martin before the trade deadline. The 22-year-old California native permitted one run while working around eight hits and two walks across 6 1/3 innings to earn the victory at Baltimore last Thursday. Allard faces Tampa Bay for the first time in his career and is 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in his two starts at Globe Life Park this season.
1. Tampa Bay CF Kevin Kiermaier (neck) and OF Avisail Garcia (hip) are day-to-day after missing Wednesday's contest.
2. Texas SS Elvis Andrus had two hits Wednesday and is batting .317 in his career against Tampa Bay.
3. The Rays recalled OF Johnny Davis and placed LHP Hoby Milner (cervical nerve injury) on the 60-day injured list.
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TAMPA BAY RAYS
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- RibsOut indefinitely | out
Forsythe is out of action due to tightness in his left intercostal muscle, and it is unclear how long he will away from the field.
- BackOut indefinitely | out
Mathis is sidelined due to a lower-back strain, and there is no timetable for return.
- AnkleQues Thurs | questionable
Romano has sat out the past three games with a sprained right ankle, and it is unclear if he will be available Thursday against the Orioles.
- IllnessQues Sun | questionable
Heineman missed his fifth consecutive game with a bout of strep throat, and his availability for Sunday's contest against the Athletics is up in the air.
- ElbowLate Sept | 10-day IL
Sadzeck is on the 10-day injured list after having right elbow surgery. He is expected to be out of commission until at least latter half of September.
- ObliqueQues Sun | questionable
Mazara is sidelined with tightness in his left oblique. It is unclear if he will return to the lineup for Sunday's matchup against the Athletics.
Tampa Bay Rays
- ShinOut indefinitely | 60-day IL
Lowe has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to a right shin contusion and a left quadriceps strain. It is unknown if he will return prior to the end of the regular season.
- FingerQues Sun | 10-day IL
Chirinos has hit the 10-day injured list with right middle finger inflammation, and it is uncertain if he will return Sunday against the Red Sox.
- ElbowProb Tues | probable
Snell has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body in his left elbow. He is expected to return to the rotation Tuesday to face the Dodgers.
- Neckout for season | 60-day IL
Milner has been placed on the 60-day injured list due to a cervical nerve injury. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
- ForearmLate Sept | 60-day IL
Arroyo has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to tendinitis in his right forearm. He is not expected to return to the lineup until at least the end of September.
- NeckDoub Fri | doubtful
Kiermaier has missed the last three games due to neck spasms, and it is unlikely that he will be in the lineup for Friday's clash against the Angels.
- FootDoub Thurs | doubtful
Sogard is battling a right foot contusion and is unlikely to be available Thursday against the Rangers.
- ButtocksProb Thurs | probable
Garcia was held out of the previous game due to a glute strain, but it is expected that he will play against the Rangers on Thursday.
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