Tampa Bay Rays (28-30) vs Washington Nationals (33-25)Date : 06/06/2018
Time : 1:05 pm EST
Location : Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Tampa Bay Rays vs Washington Nationals
The finale of a 2-game set will be played at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday afternoon at 1:05 pm EST against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays and the Washington Nationals. Despite losing their last 3 games, the Rays have won 6 of their last 9; Yet, they remain currently in 3rd place within the AL East while the Nationals, despite dropping a set this past weekend to the hot Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park, occupy 2nd place within the NL East division. This will be the 1st meeting of the year amongst these two squads, however, these two teams met for consecutive home and home interleague showdowns with the Rays winning 3 of the 4, while the Nationals losing both at Nationals Park on 6-17-2015.
Tampa Bay Rays's Latest Performance :
The Tampa Bay Rays have lost 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4. After a 3-game series loss to the Boston Red Sox on 5-24-2018, the Rays would not only go on to win a 3-game home set against the Baltimore Orioles on 5-27-2018, they would also win a 4-game road set against the Oakland Athletics on 5-31-2018. Nonetheless, the Rays were swept in their last series which was a 3-game road set against the Seattle Mariners on 6-3-2018.
The Rays are averaging 4.10 runs per game (21st) with a team batting average of .257 (7th), 56 homers (26th), along with 35 stolen bases on the year (10th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.91 (15th) with 492 strikeouts (17th) and 18 quality starts (28th).
Mallex Smith (.269 BA on 175 AB), Joey Wendle (.283 BA on 159 AB) Adeiny Hechavarria (.273 BA on 132 AB) spearhead the offensive attack from the plate for the O’s while C.J. Cron (.264 BA on 227 AB), Matt Duffy (.308 BA on 172 AB), and Denard Span (.238 BA on 143 AB) are also critical to the Baltimore offense.
Blake Snell (7-3) has pitched 76.1 innings this season and allowed 21 runs on 49 hits, 8 homers, 23 walks, and 88 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.36. Chris Archer (3-4) has pitched 76.1 while allowing 37 runs on 76 hits, 9 homers, 26 walks, 76 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.24 for the season.
Washington Nationals's Latest Performance :
The Washington Nationals have lost 3 of their last 5 contests to where the O/U has been 0-6. Recently, Washington would continue their stellar play on the road against the Miami Marlins in a 3-game set and would sweep the series on 5-27-2018. They took this momentum into their following road 3-game set against the struggling Baltimore Orioles and would get the sweep on 5-30-2018, with game 3 being by a slim 2-0 victory. Unfortunately, they played awful on the road against the top-seeded Braves in a 4-game set in Atlanta over the weekend and would lose the series on 6-3-2018.
For the season, the Nationals are averaging 4.24 runs per game (17th) with a team batting average of .234 (15th), 75 homers, (6th) along with 46 stolen bases (2nd). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.20 (3rd) with 573 strikeouts (4th) along with 33 quality starts on the year (3rd).
Trea Truner (.260 BA on 235 AB), Bryce Harper (.232 BA on 203 AB), and Michael A. Taylor (.204 BA on 201 AB) have been the offensive leaders for this Washington Nationals squad thus far.
Max Scherzer (9-1, 79.2 IP, 20 R, 49 H, 6 HR, 19 BB, 120 SO, 1.92 ERA) and Gio Gonzales (6-2, 71.1 IP, 20 R, 60 H, 4 HR, 28 BB, 72 SO, 2.27 ERA) have been the most consistent on the pitching staff while Stephen Strasburg (6-5, 78.2 IP, 32 R, 64 H, 11 HR, 19 BB, 93 SO, 3.20 ERA) and Tanner Roark (2-6, 72.1 IP, 30 R, 55 H, 8 HR, 24 BB, 61 SO, 3.61 ERA) have also been solid on the mound for the Nationals this year.
How Tampa Bay Rays & Washington Nationals Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Rays are 31-27 ATS while the O/U is 26-29-3. On the other hand, the Nationals are 30-28 ATS while the O/U is 22-34-2.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Honestly, there are not many positives that both teams could take from their last series, however, both look to get back on the winning track with a win in the finale of their 2-game set on Wednesday afternoon. Despite the loss to the Mariners, the Rays come into this game winners of 6 of their last 11 games while the Nats have picked up 7 of their last 10 contests. The pitchers for both squads have not been announced, however, in their last 3 losses, the pitching staff for the Rays have given up a combined 14 runs while the Nats have only relinquished a combined 13 runs in their last 6 games (with 2 being shutouts). Offensively, both the Rays and Nationals lineup, as stated, have played sluggish lately, so, it will be interesting to see where the focus will be in order to get things going once again from the plate.
Against The Spread Selection: Washington Nationals
My reason for the pick :
These squads have not met in quite some time. It is for this reason that I expect a totally different outcome as it relates to Wednesday’s matchup. While it is true that the Nationals blew a golden opportunity this past weekend by laying an egg against the NL East leading Braves in Atlanta, the Nats continue to be a very dangerous team as the Rays will soon find out. Interestingly enough, while the Nationals have not played particularly well at home (12-14 ML), they have proven that they are indeed a team to be reckoned with in the NL with their recent stretch of wins. In all, I expect the Nats super pitching staff to really take advantage of the Rays poor hitting recently while the offense will certainly perform up to expectations against an average to sub-par pitching staff for the Rays.
Betting trends for Tampa Bay Rays:
- Betting trends for Tampa Bay Rays
- The Rays are 1-3 in last 4 games
- The Under is 1-5 in Rays last 6 games
Betting trends for Washington Nationals:
- Betting Trends for Washington Nationals
- The Nationals are 7-3 in last 10 games
- The Under is 9-0 in Nationals last 9 games
- The Under is 13-10 in Nationals last 23 home games