Jake Odorizzi (6-6, 2.77 ERA) takes the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays (57-56) as they meet Matt Wisler (5-2, 4.85 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves (51-62) in the second of a two-game series at Tropicana Field. The Rays won the last game 2-0 and Tampa Bay leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 12 and will air on SUN and SPSO.
In his last start, Odorizzi pitched 6.2 innings, allowing one run, striking out six and walking one in a 4-3 loss to the Mets. Logan Forsythe (.280, 45 Rs, 13 HRs, 50 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. The Braves were unsuccessful the last time Wisler pitched. He did not do well, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing five runs, striking out three and walking three in a 9-8 loss to the Marlins.
Tampa Bay is a heavy -200 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Rays have a 27-24 record and overall money line at -241. They have a 4-4 record when they were the favorite and 9-6 SU against the National League. Over their past 10 games, Tampa Bay's offense has been playing lights out, averaging 5.0 runs per game, well over their season average of 3.7. Transitioning to the Tampa Bay defense and pitching staff, teams routinely struggle to score runs against the Rays, who allow only 3.8 runs per game. The Rays don't give up many hits to opposing batters, leading the AL with only 7.9 hits allowed per game.
On the other side, the Braves have a record of 38-51 when they are the underdog and are -12 overall with the money line. AL opponents have easily gained the upper hand against lackluster Atlanta. The Braves hold a record of 4-6 in games where they were ranked as the underdog and a 5-7 SU. Atlanta has been playing better lately, averaging 4.7 runs per game, more than their season average of 3.8. Atlanta is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 266 extra base hits. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Atlanta pitchers. They allowed 6.2 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 4.4.
The Rays are 2-1 against the Braves this season. This game will feature Wisler (RHP) on the mound against the Rays, who have a 36-44 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Braves will be the right-hander Odorizzi. They sport a 43-49 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Under
After last game's shutout win against the Atlanta, the Rays now have 10 shutouts this season. The Braves have been shut out in 11 games this season.
The Rays are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Braves have a 4-7 record when opponents give up that many walks.
It looks like the Rays have a slight leg up on the Braves, as the Rays have won their last three games while the Braves have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 34-16. The Rays have a 40-15 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Tampa Bay ranks 27th with 418 runs and Atlanta is 24th with 421.
Tampa Bay and Atlanta both rank in the bottom half of the league in walks. Tampa Bay sits at 19th with 307 this season and Atlanta ranks 16th with 309.
When the Rays hit at least one home run, they are 41-30, well-matched with the Braves who are 30-22 when hitting one or more homers.