Bud Norris (5-9, 4.56 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (56-44) meet Chris Archer (5-13, 4.60 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (38-60) in the first of a two-game interleague series at Dodger Stadium. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jul. 26 and will air on SNLA and SUN.
In his last start, Norris pitched 1.1 innings, allowing one run and walking one in a 4-3 loss to the Cardinals. Corey Seager (.306, 65 Rs, 17 HRs, 45 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season Sunday, going 2 for 5 with one run. The Rays were victorious the last time Archer pitched. He pitched well, going 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out 11 and walking two in an 11-3 victory over the Rockies. Evan Longoria (.287, 51 Rs, 22 HRs, 55 RBIs) went 1 for 3 Sunday.
The Dodgers are a -135 favorite with a total of 7.5.
Pick - TB
The Rays lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Dodgers are 15-17. The Rays are 7-16 in close games this season.
The Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rays have a 12-33 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
It looks like the Dodgers have a slight leg up on the Rays, as the Dodgers have won their last two games while the Rays have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 24-9. The Dodgers have a 41-13 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th in runs, Tampa Bay has earned 390 this season. Los Angeles ranks 17th with 435 runs.
Ranking 22nd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.719). Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .725.
When the Rays allow at least one home run, they are 21-53. When the Dodgers allow one or more homers, they have a 26-33 record.