Los Angeles Dodgers at Tampa Bay Rays
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 21, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Los Angeles Dodgers / Tampa Bay Rays -- O/U:
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays meet in the opener of a mini two game set in MLB action from Tropicana Field on Tuesday night.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to keep the momentum going after winning their series against Cincinnati, making it wins in 5 of 6 after an 8-3 win in the series finale on Sunday. Alex Verdugo had a pair of doubles and three RBIs while Cody Bellinger had a homer and two RBIs and Russell Martin added a solo shot. Justin Turner had an RBI of his own while Joc Pederson and Max Muncy each had base hits as well in the win. Hyun-Jin Ryu got the win to improve to 6-1 on the year after throwing seven shutout innings, giving up just five hits while striking out five in the victory. Clayton Kershaw will start game one and is 3-0 with a 3.40 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. This will be Kershaw’s second career start against Tampa Bay.
The Tampa Bay Rays will look to rebound after falling out of first place in the AL East thanks to a 13-5 loss to New York in their series finale on Sunday. Brandon Lowe had a home run and three RBIs while Kevin Kiermaier and Willy Adames each had a solo home run to cap off Tampa Bay’s scoring as a team in the defeat. Tommy Pham and Yandy Diaz each doubled whils Daniel Robertson chipped in a base hit as well in the losing effort for the Rays. Charlie Morton allowed five runs, three earned on four hits while walking four and striking out six over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Diego Castillo took the loss in relief to fall to 0-3 this season.
Los Angeles is 36-15 in Kershaw’s last 51 road starts and 23-9 in their last 32 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 interleague road games. Tampa Bay is 51-24 in their last 75 home games and 10-3 in their last 13 games against the NL West while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Los Angeles is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Tampa Bay, despite losing their top spot in the AL East, is still one of the better teams in all of baseball. However, the Rays have cooled off big time after their hot start to the year and just can’t get any consistent play going. Los Angeles is firing on all cylinders right now, and while Kershaw isn’t the dominant staff ace out of the gate that we’ve become accustomed to seeing over the years, he’s still got the stuff and has a powerful offense to back him up. Even on the road, I like Los Angeles to draw first blood on Tuesday.