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Dodgers vs Rays Odds & Picks (May 26)

Quinn Allen

by Quinn Allen in MLB Baseball

May 25, 2023 · 9:04 PM PDT

Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Randy Arozarena running the bases
May 25, 2023; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Randy Arozarena (56) reacts after hitting a RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
  • The two best teams in baseball begin a three-game series on Friday
  • Tampa Bay just took three out of four from the Jays, while LA won two out of three against the Braves
  • Read on for the Dodgers vs Rays odds, picks, and predictions

This weekend’s series against the Los Angeles Dodgers (31-20, 14-13 away) and the Tampa Bay Rays (37-15, 24-5 home) could be a potential World Series preview as the two meet for the first of three games at Tropicana Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:40 PM ET.

LA sends Noah Syndergaard to the bump, while Jalen Beeks is expected to get the start for the Rays.

Dodgers vs Rays Odds

Team Moneyline Runline Total
Los Angeles Dodgers -105 -1.5 (+160) Ov 9 (+100)
Tampa Bay Rays -115 +1.5 (-190) Un 9 (-120)

There’s really no clear favorite here. The Dodgers sit at -105, while the Rays are at -115. It’s actually their first meeting since the 2020 Fall Classic when LA won the series in six games.

 

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Los Angeles vs Tampa Bay Probable Pitchers

Syndergaard hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations so far in his Dodgers tenure. The big right-hander is 1-3 with a 5.88 ERA in nine starts, striking out 30 in 41.1 innings. While he’s only allowed six walks, Thor is getting hit around at times.

But, the veteran is improving. He only surrendered three earned on four hits on May 20th against the St. Louis Cardinals. In fact, Syndergaard hasn’t given up more than three runs in each of his previous four appearances. In two career outings against Tampa, he owns a 5.79 ERA.

Syndergaard vs Beeks Stats

Noah Syndergaard
VS
Jalen Beeks
1-3 Record 1-2
5.88 ERA 4.68
41.1 Innings Pitched 25
30 Strikeouts 22
6 Walks 12

Beeks is more of a reliever for the Rays, making just five starts this year. But with recent injuries, he’s getting the call here. The southpaw is 1-2 with a 4.68 ERA and typically serves as an opener. Tampa will likely make this a bullpen game.

The 29-year-old last pitched on May 21st, tossing two relief innings and allowing one run. In one outing versus LA, Beeks was torched for five earned in 4.2 frames.

Dodgers Gaining Traction

Although the Dodgers are just 5-5 in their last 10 games, going 2-1 against the Braves is certainly a massive positive. After all, Atlanta is basically their biggest threat to making the World Series at this moment in time.

Los Angeles lost a 4-3 heartbreaker in the finale Wednesday, but Tony Gonsolin threw the ball incredibly well, allowing just three runs in 5.2 innings. The bats were hot too with 12 hits, but one of the best MLB lineups around stranded 10 runners.

Rays Are Dominant

Aside from a deflating 20-1 loss in the second game of the Blue Jays series, Tampa had its way with Toronto. They average just over six runs per contest in the other three matchups and also threw the baseball very well against a potent offense.

Randy Arozarena led the way Thursday, going 2 for 3 with a pair of RBI in the 6-3 win. Wander Franco also had a triple. Zach Eflin meanwhile produced seven quality innings, surrendering a mere one run.

Dodgers vs Rays Prediction

Tampa Bay doesn’t lose at home and you’d have to imagine there will be a sense of revenge on their minds from their World Series loss three years ago. I’ll take the Rays moneyline.

Pick: Rays moneyline (-115)

 

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