Tampa Bay Rays versus Texas Rangers (September 10)
The Rays, currently second in the AL East face the Rangers, third in the AL West.
Ryan Yarbrough is scheduled to pitch for the Rays and Lance Lynn is set to take the mound for the Rangers.
Tampa Bay is averaging a relatively mediocre 4.7 runs per game and have hit 191 home runs this season.
Austin Meadows leads the team in home runs (28), RBI (78) and batting average (.288).
Tommy Pham is the other member of the team with at least 20 home runs and has 61 RBI.
Avisail Garcia had added 19 home runs and nine players on the team have hit at least ten home runs.
Texas has shown a bit more consistency and firepower at the plate, having hit 198 home runs and averaging five runs per game.
Rougned Odor and Danny Santana are tied for the team lead in home runs with 24.
Nomar Mazara has added 17 home runs and Elvis Andrus leads the team in hits with 141 and stolen bases with 27, while hitting .274.
On the mound, Yarbrough has been impressive, posting a 3.49 ERA with 102 strikeouts and a mere 14 walks in 121 1/3 innings.
He also keeps the ball in the park, having surrendered only 11 home runs.
Closer Emilio Pagan has saved 19 with an ERA of 2.19 in 61 2/3 innings.
Diego Castillo and Chaz Roe have been used frequently and have a combined ERA of 3.76. As a team the Rays are allowing just under four runs per game.
Lance Lynn is a strikeout pitcher who also keeps the ball in the park, with 209 strikeouts and only 17 home runs in 181 2/3 innings.
Out of the bullpen, Jose Leclerc and Shawn Kelley have saved 22 with an ERA of 4.12.
The workhorse of the relievers is Jesse Chavez, however his ERA of 4.85 is less than stellar. As a unit, the Rangers are allowing 5.2 runs per game.
With neither team having the most explosive lineup and the starters ability to keep the ball in the park leads me to believe this will be a lower scoring game.
The Rays have a better road record than the Rangers home record, but the Rangers have a slight edge at the plate.
In a tossup game, go with the Rangers at home in a narrow win by a 4-3 margin.