The Tampa Bay Rays will meet the Atlanta Braves at Tropicana Field for a weekend set. All up to date odds for this game can be found by visiting BetOnline sportsbook.
The Rays have been consistent all season despite missing their best player, Evan Longoria, who is out with an injury. The Rays are an outstanding 14-4 at home this season and sit a game in back of the Orioles for first place in the division. The Rays have been led by their quality pitching staff and timely hitting all season. Tonight they will send James Shields to the hill in game 1 of the series. Shields comes in with a record of 5-1 and an ERA of 3.52 in 53 innings of work so far this season.
The Atlanta Braves are on a roll and seem to have put last years collapse behind them. They are an impressive 14-8 on the road this season and have taken over 1st place in the division by a ½ game in the NL East. Michael Bourn leads the offensive attack hitting .330 on the season. Tommy Hanson will start tonight for the Braves and Hanson also comes in a role of his own having won 3 of his last 4 decisions. Overall he has struck out 43 in 44 innings and has pitched to a 3.43 ERA this season.
Tampa Bay is 4-1 in their last five games overall, 24-8 in their last 32 home games against a right handed starter, and 7-1 in Shields’ last eight starts. Atlanta is 4-0 in their last four games as an underdog, 7-1 in their last eight games against the A.L. East, and 11-3 in Hanson’s last 14 road starts. Atlanta is 5-2 in the last seven meetings of these two.
We like the over in this one, as we expect at least one of these pitchers to have a subpar outing so check the sports odds.