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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick- 8/6/13

Tampa Bay Rays (66-45) at Arizona Diamondbacks (56-55)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 9:40 pm (Chase Field)

Jeremy Hellickson (R) (10-4) (4.602) vs. Wade Miley (L) (8-8) (3.675)

The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks +111 / Tampa Bay Rays -121 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN, FS-Arizona

The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Tampa Bay Rays face off on Tuesday for game one of their interleague series.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have run the gauntlet of the AL East and it hasn’t treated them very well. The Diamondbacks are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 30-24 at home this season, and they are 5.5 games back in the AL West standings. As a team the D-Backs are hitting .256 with Paul Goldschmidt hitting .301, Eric Chavez is hitting .298, and Cody Ross is hitting .279. The Diamondbacks pitching staff has an ERA of 3.75 with the starters at 4.01 and the bullpen at 3.22. For game one against the Rays the Diamondbacks start Wade Miley who has won four of his last five starts.. For the season Miley has allowed 134 hits and 55 runs while striking out 101 over 134.2 innings for an 8-8 record and a 3.68 ERA.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick- 8/6/13

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The Tampa Bay Rays are battling it out on top of the AL East and while they made it to the lead they were unable to hold it. The Rays are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 29-24 on the road this season, and they are one game behind the Boston Red Sox in the standings. As a team the Rays are hitting .261 with Wil Myers hitting .329, James Loney hitting .310, and Ben Zobrist hitting .276. As a team the Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.72 with the starters at 3.72 with the starters at 3.78 and the bullpen at 3.61. For game one against the Diamondbacks the Rays start Jeremy Hellickson who lost last time out to end a six decision winning streak. For the season Hellickson has allowed 131 hits and 68 earned runs while striking out 106 over 133 innings for a 10-4 record and a 4.60 ERA.

Arizona is 2-5 in their last seven interleague games, 13-3 in their last 16 home games against a team with a winning road record, and 4-1 in Miley’s last five starts. Tampa Bay is 9-2 in their last 11 road games, 16-5 in their last 21 interleague road games, and 7-1 in Hellickson’s last eight starts. Tampa Bay is 2-5 in the last seven meetings of these two.

Miley has been pitching well of late but the Rays are just the better team and in a game that looks closer to a coin flip the Rays are my pick.

Tampa Bay Rays -121

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