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Phillies vs. Rays - 7/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (47-46) at Philadelphia Phillies (31-62)

MLB Baseball: Monday, July 20, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

M Moore (1-0) (7.07) vs. David Buchanan

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +140 / Tampa Bay Rays -150 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SunSports, CSN-PHI

The Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies begin a three-game series Monday night.

The Tampa Bay Rays need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Rays have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last seven games. The Rays have split their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 89 hits and 41 RBI while Logan Forsythe and Asdrubal Cabrera have combined for 58 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost six of their last seven road games. Matt Moore gets the ball, and he’s 1-0 with a 7.07 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. This will be Moore’s first career game against the Phillies.

Phillies vs. Rays - 7/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Philadelphia Phillies look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Phillies have scored 17 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Phillies have lost five of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Ben Revere leads Philly with 102 hits and 25 RBI while Ryan Howard and Freddy Galvis have combined for 73 RBI. The Philadelphia Phillies have split their last eight home games. David Buchanan takes the hill, and he’s 0-5 with a 7.58 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. This will be Buchanan’s first career game against the Rays.

The Rays are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. National League East and 1-5 in Moores last 6 starts. The Phillies are 20-46 in their last 66 games as an underdog and 3-13 in their last 16 during game 1 of a series. The Rays are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Philadelphia and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall.

Moore is 15-5 in his last 20 road starts and the Phillies are, well, the Phillies are the Phillies. Sweeping the Marlins isn't saying much, and I expect Tampa Bay to look at this as a chance to gain ground in the AL East. Give me the Rays with Moore on the mound. 

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Tampa Bay Rays -150

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