Tampa Bay Rays (21-18) at Atlanta Braves (18-19)
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 19, 2015, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Atlanta Braves -112 / Tampa Bay Rays +102 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The Atlanta Braves and the Tampa Bay Rays face off on Tuesday at Turner Field for game one of their interleague MLB series.
The Atlanta Braves have struggled this season but even so they are still relevant in the National League East. The Braves are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 8-8 at home, and they have won their last three games. As a team the Braves are hitting .260 with Freddie Freeman hitting .313, Nick Markakis hitting .304, and Jace Peterson hitting .284. As a team the Braves pitching staff has an ERA of 4.11 with the starters at 3.86 and the bullpen at 4.60. For game one against the Rays the Braves start Michael Foltynewicz who has allowed 19 hits and eight earned runs while striking out 16 over 17 innings for a 2-0 record and a 4.24 ERA.
The Tampa Bay Rays are once again contending in the American League East though many thought before the season they had no chance of winning this season. The Rays are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 10-9 on the road, and they are one game back in the standings. As a team the Rays are hitting .243 with Logan Forsythe hitting .300, Evan Longoria hitting .274, and Kevin Kiermaier hitting .243. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.45 with the starters at 3.53 and the bullpen at 3.32. For game one gainst the Braves the Rays start Erasmo Ramirez who has allowed 24 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 20 over 24.1 innings for a 1-1 record and a 6.66 ERA.
Atlanta is 4-0 in their last four interleague home games, 6-14 as a favorite, and 0-4 against a team with a winning record. Tampa Bay is 4-1 as an underdog, 9-3 in their last 12 interleague games, and 4-9 in game one of a series. Tampa Bay is 1-4 in their last five games against Atlanta.
Sometimes it is as easy as just picking the better team and in this case where all else looks close enough my pick is the Rays.