Dodgers vs. Rays MLB Pick
Will the Dodgers pull off a quick two-game sweep of the Rays when the two teams meet again tonight at 7:10PM ET? Read on for our pick.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Dodgers are +148 money line underdogs to beat the Rays, who have odds of -163 to win at home tonight. With Alex Wood set to face Drew Smyly in the pitching matchup, the over/under is sitting at 7.5 runs for tonight's game.
Wood struck out nine while allowing just one run over seven innings in his last outing, which came against the Padres on Friday. He brought his ERA down from 6.00 to 4.82 with the outing and most importantly, his velocity is up from a year ago.
As for Smyly, he pitched well in a losing effort against the Blue Jays on Friday night, allowing just two runs on two hits over six innings. He also struck out eight while walking only one batter as the damage came from solo home runs by Michael Saunders and Josh Donaldson. Smyly is off to a great start, carrying a 2.60 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP into tonight's game.
OUR PICK: The Dodgers are just 1-4 in Wood's last five road starts and are 0-5 in his last five outings following a quality start in his last appearance. The Rays, meanwhile, are 9-2 in Smyly's last 11 starts when he's coming off four days of rest and 6-2 in his last eight starts versus a team with a winning record. Tampa Bay is also 7-1 in its last eight interleague games and is 4-1 in its last five games versus an opponent with a winning record. The Rays should produce a win with Smyly on the hill tonight.
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