Washington Nationals vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 6/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (36-30) at Washington Nationals (34-31)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
C Archer (7-4) (2.00) vs. Joe Ross (1-1) (3.46)
The Line: Washington Nationals +110 / Tampa Bay Rays -120 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Nationals look to end their series with the Tampa Bay Rays with a win.
The Tampa Bay Rays are red hot and need to be if they expect to stay atop of the American League East. The Rays stayed hot with a 5-0 win at Washington for their 5th win in six contests behind a pitcher by committee effort with five hurlers putting up zeros. The offense did their damage on 12 hits and a walk with Steven Souza and Curt Casali connecting on solo homers with Souza going 3-4 with a pair of runs as every starter hit safely, scored or knocked in runs. Tampa Bay turns to Chris Archer for Thursday’s outing at Washington. Archer led his team to a 5-4 win versus the White Sox with three runs given up on five hits and a base on balls over seven frames.
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The Washington Nationals are trying to get their feet under them but we will see if the time is now or not. The Nationals looked poised to go on a run as they entered Wednesday with wins in three of four before neither the arms or bats were able to get going in their loss to visiting Tampa Bay. Starter Jordan Zimmermann gave up three runs on eight hits through seven frames to absorb the loss with Blake Treinen allowed two more. The Nationals mustered two hits and a pair of walks with Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond rapping singles. Doug Fister comes off the disabled list to oppose visiting Tampa Bay Thursday. Fister is making just his 8th start of the season and has gone 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA over 39.2 innings pitched.
Tampa Bay are 6-2 in their last 8 games as a favorite and the under is 20-7-1 in their last 28 road games while the Rays are 11-5 in their last 16 interleague games. The over is 8-3 in Washington’s last 11 Thursday games while the Nationals are 5-11 in their last 16 games on grass and the over is 6-2 in Fister’s last 8 home starts. I’m suspicious of Archer yet I don’t know what we’ll see from Fister or if he is on a pitch count so I’ll just go with the better odds…