Gio Gonzalez faces Matt Moore in MLB odds action
Tampa Bay Rays vs Washington Nationals Odds
Inter-league play resumes on Thursday as the Nationals take on the Rays at Nationals Park in a key battle on the odds menu.
For the Nationals, Gio Gonzalez gets the ball, charged with keeping the Rays hitters off the base paths. He'll face Matt Moore, 4-5 on the year.
The visitors opened as +-145 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 7 for those preferring over under wagers.
This game matches up the No. 4 (Nationals) and the No. 3 (Rays) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.
How They Match Up:
At the plate, Washington owns the No. 13 ranking for hits in the National League at 8.2 per game. By contrast, the Rays are rated No. 13 in the same category at 7.7 per game.
Defensively, Tampa Bay features the American League's No. 9-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.4 runs per game. Washington, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 in the National League at home, scoring 3.6 runs per game.
The Rays were a 3-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Nationals. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at -210 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors. Tampa Bay looks to rebound from a loss to the Nationals, who beat them 3-2 on Wednesday behind a start from Stephen Strasburg at Nationals Park.
Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After playing Washington are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5
Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Baltimore are 4-6
After playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
A few Rays at Nationals trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
Washington is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Washington's last 20 games at home
Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, Friday, June 22
Washington at Baltimore, Friday, June 22