An interleague series concludes on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, when the Tampa Bay Rays (28-14) visit the Washington Nationals (15-25) for the final game of their quick two game series. Tampa Bay leads the AL East by 4.5 games over the Toronto Blue Jays. Washington is dead last in the NL East and are 6.5 games back of the Philadelphia Phillies for that second playoff spot. This game will air live on MLB Network at 6:05 p.m. EST.
These two opened the series Monday with a 6-1 for the Washington Nationals. Max Scherzer was brilliant on the mound, going seven shutout innings, and five different batters got RBI’s to lead the Nationals to the game one win.
Below is my pick for the Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals. All odds are from BetMGM Sportsbook.
Tampa Bay Rays (-157) at Washington Nationals (+135)
Pitching Matchup: Ryan Yarbrough (0-2, 3.65 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) vs Anibal Sanchez 1-4, 6.48 ERA, 1.80 WHIP)
Ryan Yarbrough is ready for eighth start of 2020 and will look to find some consistency this season. In four starts this season, Yarbrough has given up a combined two runs and 14 hits in 21.0 innings pitched. However, in Yarbrough’s three other starts he has given up 13 earned runs and 21 hits in just 15.2 innings pitched. Will Tampa get the good or bad Ryan Yarbrough as they head down the stretch?
Anibal Sanchez has had an awful 2020 season and there is no end in sight for the veteran righty. Sanchez has given up four earned runs or more in five of his seven starts this season and he gave up three earned runs in one start. In his seven starts this season, Sanchez has given up 50 hits and 27 runs (24 earned) in 33.1 innings pitched.
The Rays have had a balanced attack on offense as three players lead the major offensive categories. Third baseman Yandy Diaz leads with a .307 batting average and .428 on base percentage. Shortstop Willy Adames leads the Rays with a .896 OPS. Second baseman Brandon Lowe leads Tampa with a .551 slugging, 10 home runs and 28 RBI’s.
Trea Turner has been putting on a clinic at the plate this season as the shortstop leads the Nationals, and the majors, with an amazing .362 batting average. Turner also leads the Nats with a .413 on base percentage, .626 slugging, and 1.039 OPS. Left fielder Juan Soto leads the way with 11 home runs and 26 RBI’s.
MLB Picks: Give me the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night.
2020 Picks Record: 47-31