Joe D's MLB 66% Grand Slam Winner
Tampa Bay vs. Texas,
04/28/2012 20:05 EDT,
Score: 2 - 7
Money Line: -160 Texas
Today's winner is Texas over Tampa Bay. This is my Grand Slam Winner.
The two-time defending AL pennant winning Texas Rangers own the best record in baseball at 15-5. They are crushing the ball for 5.55 RPG and lead the league in BA at .297, OPS at .851, and HRs with 33 round-trippers. The lineup has five regular batters hitting over .300 with two more bench players doing the same. Hamilton, Young, and Kinsler are combining for a .346 BA, 48 runs scored, 84 hits, 16 HRs, and 47 RBIs. Today Colby Lewis takes the mound. The RH is 2-0 with a 2.02 ERA this season. He has turned in 4 straight solid performances, not allowing more than 2 runs in ant start. And when he pitches at home, Lewis has tallied 12 2/3 IP and yielded a mere 2 runs. In his career, the crafty mounds man is 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA against Tampa Bay. Oh by the way, Texas hitters are just 25 for 70 vs. Niemann. TB is 13-7 overall but is only 5-6 away from home. The Rays have won 6 in a row but 5 of those contests were against last place squads. The offense is adequate but their pitching stafff is allowing an ERA of 4.19, and rank 21st in Ks (137) . Jeff Niemann gets the nod. The RH is 1-2 with a 4.11 ERA TY. He hasn't gotten past the 6th inning yet and has a career record of 0-2 with a 11.17 ERA vs. Texas. The Rangers are 4-1 their L5 games played vs. the Rays, 41-17 their L58 games played at home, 66-21 their L87 games played as a favorite. , 43-19 their L62 vs. RH starters, and 13-4 in Lewis' L17 starts as a favorite. Take Texas. Thank you.