Tampa Bay Rays (47-32) vs. Washington Nationals (38-38)
June 29, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Washington Nationals +115 / Tampa Bay Rays -125; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals meet Tuesday in MLB action at Nationals Park. The Rays look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Nationals look for a win after winning seven of their last nine games.
The Tampa Bay Rays have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Rays have won seven of their last 12 games when scoring four or more runs. Randy Arozarena leads the Rays with 75 hits and 38 RBI while Austin Meadows and Joey Wendle have combined for 131 hits and 87 RBI. Rich Hill gets the ball, and he is 6-2 with a 3.52 ERA and 78 strikeouts this season. Hill is 2-2 with a 4.08 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Washington Nationals have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Nationals have won nine straight games when scoring four or more runs. Trea Turner leads the Nationals with 93 hits and 36 RBI while Starlin Castro and Josh Harrison have combined for 127 hits and 49 RBI. Joe Ross gets the ball, and he is 4-7 with a 4.12 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season. This will be Ross’ first career game against the Rays.
The Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 games following an off day and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Nationals are 7-1 in their last 8 home games and 11-3 in their last 14 overall. The over is 25-12-2 in Rays last 39 road games. The under is 44-18-3 in Nationals last 65 overall. The Rays are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Washington.
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The Rays should be favored for obvious reasons, but we’re getting value with the Nationals at home and the plus money. Hill has struggled this month with a 4.12 ERA, while Ross has allowed just five earned runs in his last 26 innings. Ross has allowed zero runs in three of his last four starts. Give me the Nats and the plus money.