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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 5/8/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona Diamondbacks at Tampa Bay Rays
Date & Time Wednesday May 8, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Tropicana Field
Tampa, Florida
The Line
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks +140 / Tampa Bay Rays -152 -- Over/Under: 7.5
TV Channel
FSAZ, SUN
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The Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays meet Wednesday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.

The Arizona Diamondbacks could use a win to snap a three-game losing streak. The Diamondbacks have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring four or more runs. David Peralta leads the Diamondbacks with 44 hits and 24 RBI while Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker have combined for 75 hits and 37 RBI. Robbie Ray gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 3.79 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. This will be Ray’s second career game against the Rays.

The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after winning four of their last five games. The Rays have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won eight straight games when scoring three or more runs. Tommy Pham leads the Rays with 38 hits and 18 RBI while Brandon Lowe and Avisail Garcia have combined for 70 hits and 35 RBI. Charlie Morton gets the ball, and he is 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. Morton is 5-1 with a 3.68 ERA and 48 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks are 8-3 in their last 11 Wednesday games, 2-8 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series and 2-8 in Ray's last 10 interleague starts. The Rays are 9-2 in their last 11 vs. National League West, 6-2 in their last 8 interleague games and 0-4 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series. The under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Tampa Bay and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 7-2 in Ray's last 9 home games. The over is 4-0 in Diamondbacks last 4 overall.

The Tampa Bay Rays are just one of those teams I'm not trying to bet against, unless the matchup or the price provides value the other way. The Rays are just way too consistent, especially at home, and Morton is another Tampa pitcher who has been money this season, allowing seven hits and one run in his last 12.2 innings and a .187 batting average on the season. While Ray has had some success as a road underdog lately, I'm going to keep riding the Rays bandwagon until these prices start getting out of control. 

Pick:
Tampa Bay Rays -152

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