Tampa Bay Rays at Washington Nationals Betting Preview

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The Washington Nationals are playing host to the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park. Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will be televising this interleague showdown and the game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Tampa Bay Rays at Washington Nationals Odds

Washington (-240) is favored over Tampa Bay (+220) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this night game at 7 runs (-105 for the under and -115 for the over). Gamblers can also bet on the games spread with the current runline odds standing at Rays +1.5 runs (+100) and Nationals -1.5 runs (-120).

The Rays have gone 28-30 SU this year and are 30-28 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 1.4 units for moneyline bettors, despite having gained 0.1 units ATS. The Nationals, on the other hand, are 33-25 SU and 30-28 ATS. The teams lost 0.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 1.8 units ATS.

Nationals games have had an over/under record of 22-34-2 so far in 2018. The Rays have an over/under record of 26-30-2.

Nathan Eovaldi will get the start for Tampa Bay. The right-handed Eovaldi is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and four strikeouts. He has yet to face the Nationals this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Nationals are sending righty Max Scherzer (9-1, 1.92 ERA) to the mound. Scherzer has 120 strikeouts and 19 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 0.85. Scherzer did not record a start against the Rays in 2017.

As a unit, Washington’s pitching staff has allowed 3.5 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have a 2.89 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.85 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 9.3 K/9.

The Washington hitters are putting up 4.3 runs per outing, including 3.8 per game over its last 10 games and 2.2 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .151/.202/.256 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Nationals hitters have been led by Trea Turner, who is hitting .260/.346/.404 with seven home runs, 24 RBIs, 33 runs and 16 stolen bases.

For the visitors, Tampa Bay’s pitching staff allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.90 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 8.60 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.92, along with a WHIP of 1.18.

Rays hitters have slashed .257/.331/.396 on their way to 4.1 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.2 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 2.8 per game over the teams last five contests (1-4 SU).

C.J. Cron has led Tampa Bay’s offense. Cron is slashing .264/.329/.467 with 12 home runs, 32 RBIs and 32 runs scored.

The Nationals are coming off of a 4-2 loss against the Braves, while the Rays just lost a 2-1 game to the Mariners.

Tampa Bay Rays at Washington Nationals MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Nationals, ATS Winner – Rays, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in six of Tampa Bay’s last seven games.
  • The Rays have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games. The Nationals have hit 13 over their last 10.
  • Washington has recorded 19.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 12.6 over its last five.