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The Tampa Bay Rays will be trying to move into a first-place tie in the AL East with the New York Yankees when they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second game of their two-game interleague series on Wednesday night.
Rich Hill, 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA, will start for the Dodgers. The Rays have not announced their starter for the game.
Dodgers Going For Third Consecutive Series Win
The Dodgers have played well over the past week and have won six of their last seven games. They will try to make it seven wins in eight games and pick up their third consecutive series win when they face the Rays on Wednesday.
— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) May 20, 2019
Los Angeles has done a good job offensively, averaging 5.19 runs per game. The team hasn’t been as sharp in their last three games, averaging four runs per game. They will try to snap out of their offensive slump against the Rays.
The Dodgers’ .253 batting average is 12th in the league. Their .341 on-base percentage is third, while their .451 slugging percentage is fifth in the league. The Dodgers have scored 249 runs, which is sixth in the league.
Cody Bellinger has emerged as one of the early front runners for the NL MVP award and leads the team with a .405 batting average, 17 homers, and 44 RBI.
The Dodgers have also done a great job on the mound. Opponents are batting .221 against the Dodgers, which is third in the league. Their 3.38 ERA is also third, while their 25 quality starts are second in the league.
In his last start, Hill gave up two hits and zero earned runs in six innings, helping the team get a 6-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds. The team will need another solid outing from him to get the win on Wednesday.
Rays Going For Third Consecutive Interleague Win
The Rays have done a great job against NL teams this season and have won their last two games against NL opponents and four of their last five games against the NL. They will try to make it three consecutive wins and five wins in their last six games when they play the Dodgers on Wednesday.
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) May 19, 2019
Tampa Bay has been average offensively, averaging 4.43 runs per game. Like the Dodgers, the team hasn’t played very well in their last three games and are averaging 3.33 runs per game.
The Rays have a .251 batting average, which is 13th in the league. Their .330 on-base percentage is also 13th, while their .428 slugging percentage is also 13th in the league.
Brandon Lowe leads the team with a .291 batting average, 10 homers, and 27 RBI.
Tampa Bay’s pitching has been significantly better than the team’s offense. Opponents have a .214 batting average against the Rays, which is second in the league. Their 2.98 ERA is first, while their 444 strikeouts are sixth in the league.
Tampa Bay is:
- 5-1 in their last 6 interleague games.
- 4-1 in their last 5 interleague home games vs. a team with a winning record.
- 10-3 in their last 13 vs. National League West.
Los Angeles is:
- 1-4 in their last 5 vs. American League East.
- 1-4 in their last 5 interleague games.
- 1-4 in their last 5 interleague games vs. a team with a winning record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Rays have played well against NL teams so far this season and have won five of their last six interleague games. They have also won 10 of their last 13 games against NL West teams and should be able to get the win on Wednesday because the Dodgers have struggled in interleague play and have lost four of their last five games against AL teams.
Prediction: Tampa Bay Rays
Full-Game Total Pick
The Dodgers have played over the total in four of their last six games against teams with winning records and in four of their last five interleague road games against teams with winning records. The Rays have played over the total in five of their last seven home games and in four of their last five interleague home games against teams with winning records.
First Five Innings Side Pick
The Dodgers will win the first five innings of this game because they have outplayed the Rays in the first five innings this season, averaging 2.94 runs per game while the Rays are averaging 2.64 runs per game.
Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers
First Five Innings Total Bet
The Dodgers and Rays are averaging 5.58 combined runs per game in the first five innings and will go over the first five innings total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.