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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (47-46) at Philadelphia Phillies (32-62)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

N Karns (4-5) (3.63) vs. Aaron Nola (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +121 / Tampa Bay Rays -131 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SunSports

The Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays continue their series at Citizens Bank Park.

The Tampa Bay Rays have been a very streaky team in 2015 and it would be nice to string the wins together now. The bad streak continued with a 5-3 loss at Philadelphia on Monday for their third loss in four contests. Matt Moore took the loss with four runs given up on five hits and three free passes over 4.2 frames. The Rays managed six hits and walked three times with Logan Forsythe smacking a two run double that gave his team an early 2-0 lead. Tampa Bay will send Nathan Karns to the hill for his first career meeting with Philadelphia. Karns will be looking to rebound from an 8-3 loss at Kansas City with seven runs plated on nine hits including a pair of homers in  six frames.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Philadelphia Phillies are playing for pride and roster spots next season and even though they are buried in the National League East they have not given up. The Phillies have now won four straight behind great pitching and solid offense. David Buchanan overcame some early struggles to allow three runs on six hits and three BB through 6.1 frames. The Phils did their damage on nine hits and four walks with Cesar Hernandez driving in two runs and scoring while Maikel Franco and Darin Ruf knocking in runs and scoring. The Phillies have called up rookie Aaron Nola to make his major league debut against Tampa Bay. In 29 minor league starts Nola has gone 14-7 with 2.57 ERA with 137 strikeouts in 164.2 innings.

The over is 7-0-2 in Tampa Bay’s last 9 Tuesday games while the Rays  are 6-2 in their last 8 interleague games and  5-13 in their last 18 overall. The over is 18-5-3 in Philadelphia’s last 26 Tuesday games while the Phillies are 4-11 in their last 15 Tuesday games and  14-38 in their last 52 overall. I have been waiting to see Nola since he was drafted and he has an opponent that struggles at the plate. As a fan I won’t be betting this but I will be watching…

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