Drew Smyly (1-3, 2.60 ERA) starts for the Tampa Bay Rays (11-14) as they square off against Alex Wood (1-2, 4.82 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (14-13) in the second of a two-game series at Tropicana Field. The Dodgers won the last game 10-5, and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 4 and can be seen on SNLA and SUN.
Smyly pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 6-1 defeat to the Blue Jays. Wood went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out nine and walking one in a 5-1 defeat to the Padres in his last outing. Joc Pederson (.269, 13 Rs, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds for Tampa Bay and Los Angeles are Rays -160, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
The Dodgers have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
When leading after seven innings, Tampa Bay is 4-3, while Los Angeles is 4-5.
The Dodgers are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 10 strikeouts. The Rays have a record of 2-6 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 1-11. The Rays have a 2-9 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 29th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 20 this season. Tampa Bay ranks 11th with 30 home runs.
Ranking 30th, Tampa Bay is at the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.24 per game. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 8.22.
Tampa Bay and Los Angeles both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Tampa Bay sits at 25th with an OPS of .677, and Los Angeles ranks 22nd with an OPS of .691.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 4-9, well-matched with the Rays who are 5-13 when allowing at least one homer.