In a game that has the potential for a lot of runs, Luis Perdomo (5-6, 6.80 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (50-67) are in Tampa Bay to square off against Drew Smyly (4-11, 5.04 ERA) and the Rays (47-69). This is the first of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 15 and can be seen on FSSD and SUN.

Smyly pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out two and walking three in a 9-2 win over the Blue Jays. Evan Longoria (.289, 60 Rs, 26 HRs, 70 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run and four RBIs. Perdomo went 5.0 innings, surrendering six runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking three in a 6-4 defeat to the Pirates in his last outing. Wil Myers (.276, 78 Rs, 23 HRs, 70 RBIs, 21 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.

Tampa Bay is a -170 favorite against San Diego and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Rays have an overall money line of -2,953 and a record as the favorite of 27-36. Against the NL, they have had a discouraging season, earning 3-6 and 7-10 records as the favorite and SU, respectively. The Rays are the top team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 8.2 hits per contest to their opponents this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Rays, who rank fourth in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.4.

In the other locker room, in contrast to an encouraging overall money line (+140), San Diego has an unimpressive 38-59 record when playing as the underdog. San Diego has put in a lackluster performance against American League opponents, coming in with a subpar record SU ({}) and as the underdog (4-9). Offensively, the Padres have really picked up the pace in interleague games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.4 runs per game by averaging 6.2 in those contests. The Padres are an excellent base stealing team with 99 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. The Padres allow 4.8 runs per game, but does worse whenever an AL opponent is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average up to 8.0 against teams from the AL.

The Rays have a 34-53 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Perdomo takes the mound. Smyly (LHP) will be on the hill against the Padres, who have a 15-13 record against left-handed starting pitchers.

Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over


For the 20th time this season, the Padres registered at least two errors in a game.

The Rays are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 12 runs. The Padres have a 0-6 record when opponents score that many runs or more.

When they are outhit, the Padres are 9-48. The Rays have a 10-52 record when opponents outhit them.

Ranking 16th in home runs, San Diego has hit 138 this season. Tampa Bay ranks seventh with 152 home runs.

Tampa Bay and San Diego both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Tampa Bay sits at 15th with 8.02 hits per game and San Diego ranks 13th with 8.13.

Tampa Bay and San Diego both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Tampa Bay sits at 21st with an OPS of .729, and San Diego ranks 28th with an OPS of .705.

When the Padres allow at least one home run, they are 26-48, well-matched with the Rays who are 25-62 when allowing at least one homer.