MLB Picks: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers

Jeff GrantContributor IApril 8, 2013

MLB Picks: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers

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    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson will be celebrating his 26th birthday Monday night, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks as he prepares to take on the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

    Sports bettors will find that the Rays are +145 road underdogs in the pro baseball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 9.0 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this American League matchup from a betting perspective while offering up a prediction along the way.

Tampa Bay Rays

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    The Tampa Bay Rays will play their first road game of the 2013 MLB season Monday night,  looking to bounce back from a humiliating 13-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians as -200 home favorites Sunday.

    Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two career starts versus the Texas Rangers.

Texas Rangers

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    The Texas Rangers have won four of their first six games, including a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels as -137 home favorites Sunday night.

    Sports bettors will find that the Rangers have dropped Alexi Ogando's last four starts versus American League East foes.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Tampa Bay Rays as one of their MLB picks Monday night, as they've gone 14-5 in their last 19 games as a road underdog dating back to last season.

    MLB Pick: Tampa Bay Rays +145

     

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