Texas Rangers @ Tampa Bay Rays 10/3/23 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Texas Rangers (0-0) at Tampa Bay Rays (0-0)

Game Info: Tuesday, September 3rd, 2023 at  3:08 p.m. EST (Tropicana Field)

Betting Odds: Rays ML (-150) - Over/Under (7.5)

Pick: Rays ML (-150)

After a long and grueling 162 game schedule the Major League Baseball postseason has finally arrived. This will be game number one of four games here on Tuesday afternoon as these two American League wildcard teams look to pick up a crucial victory in the opening game of this three game series here on Tuesday at Tropicana field. Both of these teams have had similar seasons, as they both led their respective divisions for the majority of the season before eventually finishing in second place, and earning themselves a spot in the wildcard. 

The Texas Rangers had a fantastic season throughout the first few months of the year before they ended up collapsing late in the season and costing themselves the American League West division. They now find themselves holding onto the third and final wildcard spot coming into this first round playoff series and they will be looking to take down the Tampa Bay Rays on the road at Tropicana Field over the next three days as they look to advance to the American League divisional series against the Baltimore Orioles. 

Texas certainly has enough talent on their roster to get the job done against Tampa Bay but they will have to remain consistent throughout this three game series if they want to advance to the next round. Texas will send newly acquired Jordan Montgomery to the mound for the opening game of this series after his strong finish to the regular season after they traded for him at the trade deadline with the St.Louis Cardinals. Montgomery finished the regular season with ten victories and he will be looking to get his playoff season off to a solid start with a quality performance here on Tuesday night. 

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The Tampa Bay Rays will be looking to pick up a crucial victory in this game on Tuesday afternoon at home over the Texas Rangers. Tampa Bay will have Tyler Glasnow on the mound for this game and he had a solid regular season despite missing a decent amount of the year thanks to an injury. Tampa Bay had one of the most historic starts in the history of Major League Baseball and despite holding onto the American League East division for the majority of the year they eventually finished as the top wildcard team in the American League ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers. 

Tampa Bay will be looking to turn in a quality performance, but to nobody's surprise they have struggled without Shane McClanahan, and Wander Franco on the roster. They will be hoping they can still get the job done in this three game series against the Texas Rangers and pick up a much-needed victory in the opening game of the series here on Tuesday afternoon, in the friendly confines of Tropicana Field. After the start that Tampa Bay had to the season, losing in the opening round of the playoffs would be considered a massive disappointment for this team. 

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Rays are 53-28 at home

- Texas is 40-41 on the road

- Tampa Bay is 51-26 as a home favorite

I look for the Tampa Bay Rays to pick up the victory and Game number one of these three game playoff series here on Tuesday afternoon at home against the Texas Rangers. As I look for this game to be back-and-forth throughout all night innings, but in the end, I think Tampa Bay will pull away and pick up a much-needed victory to open up this series.

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