Tampa Bay Rays vs. Milwaukee Brewers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/29/14
Milwaukee Brewers (59-47) at Tampa Bay Rays (51-54)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Matt Garza (R) (7-7) (3.867) vs. Alex Cobb (R) (6-6) (3.755)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -134 / Milwaukee Brewers +124 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-WI, Sun Sports
The Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays play game two of three on Tuesday night.
The Brewers have lost three of their last four games but are still 11 games above a .500 record. One thing that has remained consistent for the Brewers is a pitching staff that has allowed three or less runs in eight straight games. Overall, the Brewers have an ERA of 3.70 and they’ve won seven of their last 10 when allowing less than four runs. Offensively, Ryan Braun has nine RBI in his last 10 games and Khris Davis has nine hits in his last 10 games. Matt Garza takes the hill, and he’s 7-7 with a 3.87 ERA and has 98 strikeouts in 132.2 innings. This will be Garza’s second career game against the Rays.
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The Rays are 8-1 since the All Star break and have moved within two games of a .500 record. The thing that has improved the most has been the Rays pitching staff that has allowed three or fewer runs in 10 of their last 11 games. Overall, the Rays have an ERA of 3.67 and have won 20 of their last 21 games when allowing less than four runs. Offensively, James Loney has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and Matt Joyce has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Starting is Alex Cobb, who is 6-6 with a 3.76 ERA and has 80 strikeouts in 88.2 innings. This will be Cobb’s first career game against the Brewers.
The Brewers are 2-5 in Garza's last 7 road starts and 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series. The Rays are 4-1 in Cobb's last 5 starts with 5 days of rest and 5-2 in Cobb's last 7 interleague starts.
I'm going with the Brewers and the plus money simply because Garza knows this Rays lineup quite well considering he played for the Rays so many years. The value is on the road team.