Atlanta Braves vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/29/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/29/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays (3-1) at Atlanta Braves (2-2)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 7:10 pm (Truist Park)

Charlie Morton (0-1) (13.50) vs. Mike Soroka (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Atlanta Braves -125 / Tampa Bay Rays +105 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Rays and the Atlanta Braves meet in MLB action from Truist Park on Wednesday night.

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to build off of their 5-2 win over Atlanta in their last game on Tuesday. Yoshi Tsutsugo led the way, going 2 for 4 with two RBIs while Jose Martinez went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Joey Wendle had an RBI as well in the win. Yandy Diaz and Kevin Kiermaier each had a base hit as well in the winning effort for the Rays. Yonny Chirinos threw four shutout innings, allowing just four hits while striking out four, not factoring in the decision. Peter Fairbanks got the win to improve to 1-0 on the year. Oliver Drake picked up the save by closing out the 9th. Charlie Morton will start this one and is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA and 4 strikeouts this season. In his career, Morton is 3-2 with a 3.52 ERA and 19 strikeouts against Atlanta.

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The Atlanta Braves come into this one looking to bounce back after their loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Ozzie Albies went 2 for 4 with an RBI while Marcell Ozuna added an RBI as well in the defeat. Austin Jackson went 2 for 3 with a double while Dansby Swanson has a base hit to cap off Atlanta’s offense as a team in the loss as the Braves mustered up just six hits as a team in defeat. Kyle Wright allowed all five runs on four hits while striking out three over 2.2 innings of work to fall to 0-1 on the year. Mike Soroka will start this one and is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 3 strikeouts this season. This will be Soroka’s first career start against Toronto.

Tampa Bay is 6-0 in their last 6 games against the NL East and 7-2 in their last 9 interleague games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 game three matchups. Atlanta is 7-2 in their last 9 interleague games and 37-18 in their last 55 home games while the over is 21-8-1 in their last 30 interleague home games.

I didn’t really like what I saw from Morton in the opener, as he got rocked by a pretty decent Toronto team but I’m also not ready to write him off after just one game. On the other hand, Soroka looked shaky in the first couple of innings against the Mets, but he shook off the opening day jitters and threw six solid innings. With that said, I expect a pitchers’ duel here, so I’ll back the under as my play for this game.

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