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Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas  Attendance: 23,523

Rays' Snell looks for more than team record against Rangers

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Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers

  1. The Rays won two of three against the A's pushing their season record to 82-66. This will be the first time that Tampa finishes a season over .500 since 2013, when the team went 92-71 and lost in the ALDS.
  2. The Rangers completed their nine-game road trip with a 3-6 record, however they did win their most recent series against the Padres. Since the team's 18-run outburst on September 2, Texas' offense has cooled down, batting .218 as a team and averaging 3.3 runs per game.
  3. Over the last 10 seasons (since 2009), these teams have been evenly matched against each other, each winning 35 games. The Rays have had the upper hand in Arlington recently, winning four of the last five.
  4. Since being acquired by the Rays at the trade deadline, Tyler Glasnow is 0-4 with a 4.70 ERA, but opponents are batting just .196 off of him. On average, Glasnow has received just 1.41 runs of support over his eight starts with Tampa, the lowest of any pitcher with at least eight starts since August 1.
  5. Joey Gallo enters this series with 37 home runs and 37 singles. Only three qualified hitters have ever finished the season with more home runs than singles: Gallo in 2017, Mark McGwire in 1998 and 1999, and Barry Bonds in 2001.
  6. Through 25 games with Tampa Bay, Tommy Pham is slashing .309/.409/.521. Pham joins Hebert Perry, Bobby Smith, and Fred McGriff as the only Rays all-time to produce a .300+/.400+/.500+ slash line through 25 career games with the franchise (minimum 75 PA).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/17/2018 thru 9/19/2018
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There are plenty of baseball insiders who feel that Blake Snell, Tampa Bay's left-handed ace, has been the best pitcher in the major leagues this season. Racking up 19 wins in 24 decisions will help Snell make that claim as well.

Snell (19-5, 2.06 ERA) has a chance to tie club history on Tuesday when the Rays square off against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, in the middle game of a key three-game series.

Texas will counter with right-hander Yovani Gallardo (8-5, 6.67).

Tampa Bay is still mathematically alive for a wild-card spot thanks to wins in 12 of its past 15 contests, including a 3-0 victory over the Rangers on Monday.

Snell's 19 wins lead the majors and with a win on Tuesday, Snell would tie David Price for the most single-season wins in Tampa Bay history. Price won 20 games in 2012, when he garnered the American League Cy Young Award.

Snell is more focused on keeping the Rays in the wild-card chase than any individual achievement as the season is deep in its stretch run.

"The team's going to have to win, and we're going to have to play good baseball to be able to do that against a good Texas team," Snell told about his chance to reach the 20-win mark.

"Their lineup is great. They have a very good offensive lineup. It's going to be tough for us. I'm focused on what we can do, not individual goals. I need a team to do it, so I'm not going to focus on it."

Snell has just one career start against the Rangers; he gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings on April 16 in an 8-4 Tampa Bay win.

Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said Snell's drive to the 20-win mark is important for both the player and the team.

"I don't want to overplay it too much or put any added pressure on it," Cash said. "But you look at what Blake's done, you look at what some other really, really good pitchers and where they're at this year, you have to be impressed.

"Any starting pitcher that has a track record will tell you how important (it is) and how much they care to get 20 wins."

Snell has won seven consecutive decisions, which is the longest streak by a Ray since Alex Cobb racked up seven straight during the 2014 season.

He will be hard-pressed to deliver the kind of pitching performance turned in Monday by Tyler Glasnow and three relievers when they combined for a two-hitter (both given up by the starter) to beat Texas.

Gallardo will make his 19th appearance and 16th start of the season on Tuesday in the middle contest of the three-game set. He is 1-4 in last six starts after a 7-1 span across eight starts from June 23-Aug. 8.

Gallardo will pitch on five days' rest after taking the loss in the Rangers' 8-1 defeat on Wednesday at Los Angeles in which he lasted just three innings (his shortest start of 2018) and matched his season-high with six runs allowed. He is 3-3 with a 4.64 in eight career games, all starts, against Tampa Bay.

Meanwhile, Texas manager Jeff Banister said there are no plans right now for Bartolo Colon to make one more appearance in front of the home crowd during the final homestand this season at Globe Life Park.

"I'd like to be able to salute all our players," Banister said. "That's the biggest thing. Obviously, we have had some celebrations for Bartolo. If the opportunity presents itself, I'd love for our fans to be able to appreciate what they've experienced with Bartolo. Right now, nothing is scripted out."

The Rangers have five more home games remaining.

Updated September 18, 2018

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