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San Diego Padres vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 8/12/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays at San Diego Padres
Date & Time Monday August 12, 2019, 10:10 PM (EDT)
Petco Park
San Diego, CA
The Line
Tampa Bay Rays / San Diego Padres -- O/U:
TV Channel
FS-San Diego
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The Tampa Bay Rays and the San Diego Padres meet in game one of a three game interleague set in MLB action from Petco Park on Monday night.

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to keep their momentum going after winning 12 of their last 15 games, completing the sweep of the Seattle Mariners with a 1-0 win in Sunday’s series finale. Eric Sogard’s solo home run was the lone RBI that the game would see while Avisail Garcia and Jesus Aguilar each had two hits. Michael Brosseau added a base hit of his own to round out the Rays’ offense as a team as Tampa Bay had just six hits as a team in the victory. Ryan Yarbrough got the win to improve to 11-3 on the year after throwing 8.2 shutout innings, giving up just three hits while striking out eight. Emilio Pagan recorded the final out for his 12th save of the season. The Rays did not have a starting pitcher announced at the time of posting.

The San Diego Padres will look to regain some steam after failing to complete the sweep of the Rockies over the weekend with an 8-3 loss in Sunday’s series finale. Francisco Mejia fell just short of the cycle as he went 3 for 4 with a solo home run and a double while Josh Naylor added a solo homer of his own. Wil Myers and Eric Hosmer each contributed a base hit to cap off the Padres’ offense as a team as San Diego had just six hits as a team in the losing effort. Dinelson Lamet allowed two runs on three hits while walking three and striking out seven over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Craig Stammen took the loss, falling to 6-6 on the year with the defeat. Joey Lucchesi will start game one and is 7-6 with a 4.19 ERA and 119 strikeouts this season. This will be Lucchesi’s first career start against Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay is 6-0 in their last 6 road games and 12-3 in their last 15 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the NL West. San Diego is 1-5 in their last 6 home games against a team with a winning record and 3-8 in their last 11 series opening matchups while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games against the AL East. Tampa Bay is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

Lucchesi has had the bulk of his success at home, and the Padres have been putting up some decent wins lately, but the majority of recent victories are coming against teams well out of the playoff picture. Tampa Bay appears to be heating up at just the right time, and it doesn’t matter who seems to start, the Rays just keep finding ways to win, and on the road no less. I will side with the Rays to draw first blood with a victory on Monday.

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Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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