Dodgers at Rays - 5/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (13-13) at Tampa Bay Rays (11-12)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
S Kazmir (1-2) (5.76) vs. M Moore (1-2) (3.66)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -117 / Los Angeles Dodgers +107 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays begin a two-game series Tuesday night.
The Los Angeles Dodgers could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Dodgers need their offense to wake up, as Los Angeles has produced just four runs in its last three games and three or less runs in seven straight games. The Los Angeles Dodgers are just 6-10 this season when scoring three or less runs. Adrian Gonzalez leads Los Angeles with 26 hits, Corey Seager has 12 RBI and Joc Pederson has three home runs. Scott Kazmir gets the ball, and he’s 1-2 with a 5.76 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. Kazmir is 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
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The Tampa Bay Rays look for some consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Rays have also had issues on the offensive end with just six runs in their last three games and three or less runs in 10 of their last 13 games. All 13 of the Tampa Bay Rays’ losses this season have come when they’ve produced three or less runs. Logan Forsythe leads Tampa Bay with 29 hits, Evan Longoria has 11 RBI and Steven Souza Jr. has five home runs. Matt Moore takes the hill, and he’s 1-2 with a 3.66 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. This will be Moore’s first career game against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers are 9-3 in their last 12 vs. American League East and 0-4 in Kazmirs last 4 starts. The Rays are 21-8 in their last 29 interleague games and 6-2 in Moores last 8 starts. The Dodgers are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Kazmir just hasn't pitched well against his former team in limited starts. Moore has been solid overall and has won six of his last eight starts. Neither of these teams are scoring much, so I give the edge to Tampa Bay at home and the cheap price.