Matt Moore (1-2, 3.66 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (11-13) meet Scott Kazmir (1-2, 5.76 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (13-13) in the first of a two-game interleague series at Tropicana Field. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 3 and will air on SNLA and SUN.
In his most recent outing, Moore pitched 7.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out nine and walking two in a 3-1 loss to the Orioles. Logan Forsythe (.337, 14 Rs, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday. The Dodgers were also unsuccessful the last time Kazmir pitched. He pitched well, going 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out six and walking one in a 2-0 loss to the Marlins. Chase Utley (.286, 13 Rs, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The Dodgers make the long trip to Florida for interleague play, which means they can add another bat to their lineup. That could help the struggling Dodgers, who had a brutal week last week, including a sweep at home by the Miami Marlins.
The Rays are a -120 favorite for this matchup, with a total of 7.5.
Pick - Tampa Bay
In their last game, the Dodgers won by a margin of one run. The Rays are 3-2 in one-run games. The Dodgers have a 3-3 record in close games.
Los Angeles has won 44% (4-5) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Tampa Bay has won 57% (4-3) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Dodgers are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Rays have a 5-1 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 6-3. The Dodgers have a 10-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Tampa Bay is at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 77 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top half at 12th with 106.
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 .672, and Los Angeles ranks 23rd with an OPS of .678.
The Dodgers are 3-9 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rays are 5-12 when they allow at least one homer.