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Washington Nationals vs. Tampa Bay Rays Prediction and Betting Odds

Washington Nationals vs. Tampa Bay Rays Prediction and Betting Odds. The 33-31 Washington Nationals are set to take on the 36-29 Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida tonight June 16, 2015, first pitch is scheduled 7:10 PM

Wagering Odds

Moneylines: Nationals +115 / Rays -125
O/U: 7.5 runs

Pitching Match Up
Washington: Tanner Roark (2-2, 3.71 ERA)
Tampa Bay: Alex Colome (3-2, 4.21 ERA)

In their last games: In yesterday’s Game 1 of this 2 game series the Rays beat the Nationals 6-1.

The Nationals go into Tampa Bay for the 2nd game of a 2 game series. The 2-2 Tanner Roark goes for the Nationals and the 3-2 Alex Colome goes for the Rays. The Rays open at -125 with a line sitting at 7.5 runs. The Rays have won 4 straight and with the Yankees loss yesterday they are all alone in first place in the AL East. They have won 7 of their last 10 games and while they only rank 26th in the Majors in runs scored they rank 4th in team ERA. While the Rays are hot the Nationals are not losing 6 of their last 10 games. They have struggled over the last couple of weeks and because of that they are now in 2nd place in the NL East 1.5 games back of the New York Mets. They rank 10th in runs scored and 17th in team ERA.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In the last 9 games between these 2 teams the Under record is 5-2-2.

The Rays are 5-2 in their last 7 games against the Nationals.

The Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 home games against the Nationals.

This season the Rays are 19-18 at home and the Nationals are 17-19 on the road.

STRAIGHT UP / OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

Washington Nationals: 33-31 SU / O/U 36-25 / Run Line W/L 28-36
Tampa Bay Rays: 36-29 SU / O/U 26-36 / Run Line W/L 39-26

Washington at Tampa Bay Key Betting Trends

• WASH is 3-7 in their last 10 road games.
• WASH is 5-12 in their last 17 overall.
• WASH has an Over record of 4-1-1 in their last 6 road games.
• TB is 4-0 in their last 4 overall.
• TB is 6-1 in their last 7 games as a favorite.
• TB has an Over record of 3-1-1 in their last 5 games.

Key Player Injuries

NATIONALS
[P] 05/15/2015 – Doug Fister 15-day DL (5/15) ( Forearm )
[LF] 05/19/2015 – Jayson Werth 15-day DL (5/16) ( Wrist )
[P] 04/15/2015 – Craig Stammen 60-day DL (4/14) ( Forearm )
[LF] 04/30/2015 – Reed Johnson 15-day DL (4/29) ( Calf )
[P] 06/12/2015 – Aaron Barrett 15-day DL (6/12) ( Bicep )
[1B] 06/11/2015 – Ryan Zimmerman 15-day DL (6/10) ( Foot )
[P] 05/30/2015 – Stephen Strasburg 15-day DL (5/30) ( Shoulder )
[LF] 04/06/2015 – Nate McLouth 60-day DL (3/27) ( Shoulder )

RAYS
[P] 04/06/2015 – Matt Moore 60-day DL (4/6) ( Elbow )
[2B] 05/31/2015 – Tim Beckham 15-day DL (5/31) ( Hamstring )
[P] 06/12/2015 – Andrew Bellatti 15-day DL (6/10) ( Shoulder )
[P] 06/10/2015 – Jake Odorizzi 15-day DL (6/6) ( Oblique )
[1B] 05/25/2015 – James Loney 15-day DL (5/24) ( Finger )
[P] 05/09/2015 – Alex Cobb 60-day DL (3/27), out for season ( Forearm )
[P] 05/10/2015 – Drew Smyly 60-day DL (5/6), out for season ( Shoulder )
[CF] 05/03/2015 – Desmond Jennings 15-day DL (4/26) ( Knee )
[P] 04/29/2015 – Kirby Yates 15-day DL (4/29) ( Pectoral )
[C] 04/09/2015 – John Jaso 60-day DL (4/7) ( Wrist )
[P] 04/18/2015 – Jeff Beliveau 60-day DL (4/22), out for season ( Shoulder )

Free MLB Pick

The Rays have lost 4 straight games and 6 of their last 7 when Alex Colome has gotten the start. However, in his last 2 starts he only gave up 1 earned run in each and got little support from the Tampa Bay offense. Tanner Roark was solid in his first 2 starts of the season, but in his last 2 he has an ERA of 6.57. in his last 23 innings pitched he has given up 7 home runs. In his last start he was less than stellar going 6 innings and giving up 5 earned runs in a 6-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Rays are not a high scoring team, but they will get to Roark tonight at home and they will not only win their 5th straight game overall, but 5th straight against the Nationals.

Take the RAYS

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