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MLB Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers at Tampa Bay Rays

05.04.2016     10:30 AM     Drew Martin     Printer Friendly

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Los Anegels (Wood) at Tampa Bay (Smyly) -160 O/U 7 
Recommendation: Tampa Bay

The Dodgers look to sweep this two-game interleague series with host Tampa Bay tonight behind the left arm of Alex Wood. Last night the Dodgers had multiple key hits with runners in scoring position and it resulted in one of their best offensive performances of the season as 10 runs crossed the plate. Tonight they will face a tough challenge of repeating those numbers against Drew Smyly. The former Arkansas Razorback has allowed two or fewer earned runs in his last four starts while striking out 36.  Overall, Smyly has issued only six walks in 34.2 innings while letting up just 18 hits. He’ll have the element of surprise in his corner with only three career innings against the Dodgers, all of which coming back in 2014. Wood has made some positive adjustments that have helped his groundball rate improve. He's at over 60% through five starts and as a result has allowed only one home run. Wood however remains fairly hittable (4.82 ERA) and seems to have frequent issues with his command mid-game (three walks in three of five starts). Also of note is Wood’s propensity to wear down. After the third inning, Wood has allowed 10 earned runs in 13 frames this season. Price is on the rise but for good reason; Tampa the prefered side in this matchup.

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