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Rays close out MLB week vs. Dodgers

The Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers will close out the MLB betting schedule for the week on Sunday night as the teams finish up their interleague series at Dodger Stadium.

And the Dodgers will hand the ball to Clayton Kershaw on Sunday, with the lefthander sitting at 10-7 with a 1.91 ERA on the season. Kershaw took a hard-luck loss against the Cards last time out, allowing two runs over six innings pitched.

Jeremy Hellickson will get the ball for the Rays on the hill facing Kershaw on Sunday night. Hellickson brings a 10-5 mark to the game.

View Tampa Bay vs LA Dodgers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Rays listed as underdogs of +-175 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 6.5, check for updates at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the American League's No. 5-rated Rays taking on the National League's No. 2-rated Dodgers in this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Los Angeles' National League No. 7-ranked scoring average of 4 runs per game, against a Rays offense rated No. 7 and scoring 4.5 runs per game in the league. The Dodgers have averaged 9.1 hits per game to date this season, more than the Rays hitters have managed (8.9 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 6-rated road mark, allowing 4.2 runs per game on the highway. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 15 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 5-0 loser as they battled the Dodgers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Dodgers at -138 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Rays were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Los Angeles staff and losing 5-0 to the Dodgers on Saturday at Dodger Stadium.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Seattle are 8-2
After playing LA Dodgers are 4-3
After a loss are 6-4

Los Angeles Dodgers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing NY Mets are 5-5
After playing Tampa Bay are 3-4
After a win are 8-2

A few Rays at Dodgers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Tampa Bay's last 13 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing LA Dodgers
Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing LA Dodgers
LA Dodgers are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games
LA Dodgers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Dodgers' last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of LA Dodgers' last 15 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Seattle, Tuesday, August 13
LA Dodgers home to NY Mets, Monday, August 12

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