Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers
Contenders go at it tonight with James Shields for Tampa against Yu Darvish for Texas. This match up has Texas, #1 in West, heating up at Arlington winning Minnesota series 3-1 and Baltimore before that 2-1 needing one more win for a victory to take the Tampa series making a successful home stand before heading out to Cleveland. On the other hand Tampa Bay 3rd in AL East locked in with Baltimore for 2nd place. Tampa in range to catch the Yankees on top, but taking a dip on 3 game slide losing yesterday with their top pitcher David Price. This team still does it with good pitching and can't afford to give up 6, 4 and 5 runs like they did in 3 losing efforts.10 game samples prior show allowing 3 runs or less 9 out of 10 and 17 out of 20. So the Rays need a quality start from James Shields. Price is the top winning starter for Tampa, but Shields is the top money pitcher and here he is again in underdog situation. The perfect stopper of 3 game skid. James is stronger on the road and he is already looking like he's in post season form. Rangers too have a winning pitcher on the mound with Yu Darvish, 12-9, coming off a quality game loss at Toronto 2 quality starts in a row, but his performance is inconsistent. He's had tremendous run support with Rangers going 9-2 at home however his 11 home starts have only 5 quality games. This is a decline spot for Darvish. Looking for James Shields to post a quality win.
TAMPA BAY RAYS +120 for 1 unit(L)
James pitches quality, but Tampa gets shut out!