- Tampa Bay is a -130 moneyline favorite in the Dodgers vs Rays odds on Sunday
- Rookie Gavin Stone will get the ball for LA, while Tampa Bay’s starter is undecided
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Baseball fans don’t have to wait long on Sunday for the slate’s best matchup, as the Dodgers (32-21, 15-14 away) and Rays (38-16, 25-6 home) wrap up their three-game set before the clock strikes noon.
The two squads own the NL’s and AL’s top records respectively, and have split the first two games of this highly anticipated series. Online sportsbooks are slightly more bullish on the Tampa Bay in the finale, opening them up as the short home chalk in the MLB odds.
Dodgers vs Rays Odds
|LA Dodgers||+110||+1.5 (-170)||O 9 (-110)|
|Tampa Bay Rays||-130||-1.5 (+145)||U 9 (-110)|
The Rays are currently -130 moneyline favorites, in a contest with a total of 9. First pitch is scheduled for 11:35 am ET inside Tropicana Field, in Tampa Bay, FL, and is part of the MLB Sunday leadoff package on Peacock.
Los Angeles vs Tampa Bay Probable Pitchers
As of Saturday night, the Rays starting pitcher for Sunday’s matinee is unknown. There have been reports that either Taj Bradley or Josh Fleming might get the ball, or that the team might use an opener.
Regardless of who gets the ball, they’re going to have their work cut out for them. LA has been tearing the cover off the ball recently, and top to bottom feature one of the most imposing lineups in baseball. They’ve scored nine runs through the series first two games, and lead the National League in runs per game.
They’ll give the ball to rookie Gavin Stone, who’s had a rocky start to his MLB career. Stone has toed the rubber twice, getting rocked each time. He coughed up five hits and five runs last time out to the Braves, the Dodgers chief competition in the NL Pennant odds, after surrendering five runs in his debut against the Phillies.
Gavin Stone told me he’s experienced 11:30am first pitch in the minors, but never pitched in those games.
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) May 27, 2023
Stone’s main issue has been his control, as he’s issued seven walks in only 8 innings. That’s five more base on balls than strikeouts, and the Tampa Bay regulars in the MLB starting lineups will try to expose that. The Rays draw the second most walks in the AL, and are slashing .271/.347/.448 with runners on base this season.
Dodgers vs Rays Predictions
Tampa Bay smacked their league leading 100th home run in Saturday’s loss to LA, reaching the plateau in just 54 games. They’re the fifth fastest club to the century mark in MLB history, and have cranked 15 more home runs than the next closest team.
Tampa Bay has crossed the plate 14 times already through two games this series, and have scored 27 runs over their last four contests. They lead MLB in batting average, slugging percentage and OPS, while ranking second to Texas in runs per game.
They’ve been an over machine over the last week and a half, and we shouldn’t expect that to change on Sunday. Seven of Tampa Bay’s last eight outings have reached double-digit runs, with the lone exception producing nine runs. A matchup versus a struggling rookie is as appetizing as it gets, especially for Wander Franco.
#Rays Wander Franco is a stud
– 7 HR/ 18 SB (18/23 on attempts)
– Elite zone awareness
– Barreling the ball more than ever (7.4%) and hitting the ball harder than ever (41.7%). Nothing special but solid considering it’s paired with other skillspic.twitter.com/zIbX1NZ4uc
— Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) May 27, 2023
The Rays shortstop had two more hits on Saturday, giving him eight in his last four starts. He’s been raking all season long at home, posting a slugging percentage and OPS that is .166 and .210 points higher respectively than on the road. Expect a big performance from him on Sunday.
Dodgers vs Rays 2023 H2H Results
|Date||Away Team||Home Team||Result|
|May 27||Dodgers||Rays||LAD, 6-5|
|May 26||Dodgers||Rays||TB, 9-3|
As for the Dodgers bats, they can certainly do their part to help this game go over. Four of the top-17 NL MVP odds candidates suit up for the Dodgers, including Freddie Freeman. The 33-year-old went 2-for-3 on Saturday to extend his 16-game hitting streak, while Max Muncy belted his 16th home run.
Only four teams in baseball have seen a higher percentage of their games go over the total than LA, with eight of their past 10 games producing nine runs or more.
- Over 9 (-110)
- Wander Franco Over 1.5 Total Bases (+120)
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