As they enter this place with the Dodgers tonight the Rays are jockeying with Athletics and all the Indians for two of three wildcard areas. Tampa had the day off Monday after having two of three against the Angels and will now visit Dodger Stadium, together with last season’s AL Cy Young Award winner, Blake Snell (6-7, 4.28 ERA, 1.25 WHIP), about the hill for the first time since July 21st. The 26-year-old southpaw underwent arthroscopic surgery in his left elbow and has rehabbed using Triple-A Durham leading up to the tilt with LA tonight.
The Dodgers have locked up their seventh consecutive NL West crown and are now vying with the Astros and Yankees for the best record in baseball. Right-hander Ross Stripling (4-4, 3.40 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) will attempt to maintain the LA juggernaut rolling after the Dodgers got two of three from the Mets on the weekend. The Blue Bell, Texas native has been used as a reliever and starter this year, using his last appearance coming Wednesday if he allowed one run, on three strikes, more than three innings in a 7-3 loss to the Orioles. Stripling hasn’t allowed a run to the Rays.
The MLB chances, at the time of this writing, are currently visiting Los Angeles by everywhere from -133 to -136 the best online sportsbooks at all. It is not surprising, considering that Blake Snell is going to be used cautiously and is predicted to go more than three innings. The way Snell will fare against a top-five offense like LA’s is difficult to assess but we do know that the Rays’ bullpen is going to have to nail the door closed if they are supposed to defeat a group using the second-best run differential (+240) in baseball.
Their string split in May followed with an 8-1 decision being taken by the Rays in the second contest with LA winning 7-3, the opener. Some could opine that the Rays want this game more than the Dodgers however LA still has a carrot hanging in front of them, and that will be to get over the end with the best record in the National League, in addition to, the very best overall record in baseball to fasten home-field edge in the NLCS, and World Series, if they get that far.
I think the Dodgers proceed to focus on the Tampa Bay bullpen and then will reach Snell before he’s given the hook. Dodgers’ newcomer Ross Stripling is angling to the No. 4 spot in the rotation and he’s been solid throughout this year, according to his own 3.40 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. Let’s back Big Blue in our MLB picks on Tuesday evening and cash a winner!
Final rating: Dodgers 6 — Rays 3
Free Pick: LA Dodgers ML (-133) with Intertops

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