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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers Preview and Predictions 09-18-2018 in MLB


Blake Snell aims to become baseball's first 20-game winner in 2018 when he starts for the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday in the second of three straight at the Texas Rangers. The young ace has won each of his last seven starts while allowing a total of six earned runs to help fuel the Rays' late charge.

Tyler Glasnow and three relievers combined on a two-hitter as Tampa Bay took the opener 3-0. The Rays have won 12 of their last 15 and are within 6 1/2 games of the second wild card in the American League with 13 to play. They've produced 13 shutouts over the past 98 games and own a 2.85 ERA since the start of August. The Rangers, who give the ball to veteran Yovani Gallardo, are in danger of losing a series to Tampa Bay for the fifth time in the last six encounters.

TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, FS Sun (Tampa Bay), FS Southwest (Texas)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays LH Blake Snell (19-5, 2.03 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Yovani Gallardo (8-5, 6.67)

Snell limited the Cleveland Indians to one run on one hit - a solo homer - and struck out nine over seven innings of a 3-1 win Wednesday. It marked the third straight start in which he's fanned nine batters and he is five shy of recording the ninth 200-strikeout campaign in franchise history. The 25-year-old also struck out nine in 6 1/3 dominant innings in a win over Texas on April 16.

Gallardo has gone four straight appearances without producing a quality start, posting a 1-3 record and an ERA of 8.83 in that stretch. He lasted three innings - a season low as a starter - and surrendered six runs in an ugly outing at the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. Kevin Kiermaier is 6-for-15 with a home run and four walks against the 32-year-old Gallardo.

WALK-OFFS

1. Rays DH Ji-Man Choi had a solo homer Monday and owns 14 RBIs in his last 12 games.

2. Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre remains stuck on 474 career home runs, one shy of Stan Musial and Willie Stargell for 30th on the all-time list.

3. Tampa Bay RHP Jose Alvarado has 12 straight scoreless innings over a span of 15 appearances.

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Globe Life Park in Arlington
Arlington, Texas, USA.
Capacity: 52,419

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Last Injuries

Texas Rangers

  • Yohander Mendez

    Elbow
    Late July | out

    Mendez is projected to miss the first half of the 2019 season due to a Grade 1 UCL strain in his pitching elbow.

  • Joey Gallo

    Groin
    Prob March 28 | probable

    Gallo is bothered by a mild groin strain but is expected to be ready for Opening Day against the Cubs.

  • Luke Farrell

    Jaw
    Early April | out

    Farrell is recovering from surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture in his jaw. He is expected to be shut down until at least the beginning of April.

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Tampa Bay Rays

  • Matt Duffy

    Hamstring
    Ques March 28 | questionable

    Duffy is battling a hamstring injury and it is unknown if he will be available for the season opener versus the Astros.

  • Jose De Leon

    Elbow
    Mid May | out

    De Leon missed the entire 2018 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, and he is likely to be sidelined until sometime in May.

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texas-rangers Stats 2019

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tampa-bay-rays Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB