Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 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 -110 / Los Angeles Dodgers -110 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers look to get hot when they visit the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers currently reside in second in the National League West thanks to a six game slide where runs were difficult to come by. The Dodgers finally got back in to the win column behind the arm and bat of ace Clayton Kershaw by a 1-0 count versus the visiting San Diego Padres on Sunday. Kershaw tossed a three hit, complete game and didn’t walk a batter while striking out 14 to up his record to 3-1. The LAD attack mustered three hits and walked twice with Kershaw singling in AJ Ellis for a third inning run. The Los Angeles Dodgers give the series opening start to left hander Scott Kazmir. Kazmir comes off of a tough 2-0 loss to Miami where he gave up both runs on seven hits in six innings of work.
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The biggest problem facing the Tampa Bay Rays is the lack of scoring punch which has been evident in the team losing three of four with three runs scored overall in the defeats. The bullpen didn’t help in Sunday’s 5-1 loss to visiting Toronto which spoiled a strong effort from Jake Odorizzi who surrendered a solo homer over seven frames while Xavier Cedeno and Alex Colome allowed two runs apiece. The Rays offense consisted of four hits and two bases on balls with Evan Longoria going 2-4 with his 5th round tripper of the season. Left hander Matt Moore gets the game one start against the Dodgers Tuesday in his first career match up with Los Angeles. Moore has dropped back to back contests following a 3-1 loss to Baltimore with all three runs allowed on three hits in seven frames.
The Dodgers are 2-6 in their last 8 interleague games. The under is 15-5-3 in Tampa Bay’s last 23 on astroturf and the under is 16-6-4 in their last 26 overall while the Rays are 21-8 in their last 29 interleague games. I believe Tampa Bay has the edge but I don’t think a team that can’t score is a good investment…