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Betting the series opener between the Dodgers and Rays

Manuel Margot

Manuel Margot

Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Vaughn Dalzell breaks down how he’s playing the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays series opener.

Dodgers (+100) at Rays (-115): O/U 9.0

Noah Syndergaard has only faced Tampa Bay twice in his career and they the third time is a charm, but this is the best Rays team Syndergaard has seen in his time.

In those two starts for Syndergaard, the 30-'year-old went 9.1 combined innings with 15 hits allowed, six earned runs and 13 strikeouts to three walks. He is 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA in those two starts from 2015 and 2022. Syndergaard’s opened up 2023 with a 1-3 record over nine starts with a 5.88 ERA, plus more hits (49) than innings pitched (41.1).

Jalen Beeks will start the game for the Rays, but it will be a bullpen effort against the Dodgers as he’s expected to go 2.0 or fewer innings. Beeks pitched in 18 total games and started five of them while owning a 4.68 ERA with 22 strikeouts to 12 walks over 25.0 innings.

With all the injuries to the starting rotation, this is how Tampa Bay has survived after their hot start, that and their offense ranking top five in almost every category.

The Rays are an MLB-best 24-5 at home this season and the Dodgers are 14-13 on the road with a 3-4 record over the past seven games and eight days.

I grabbed Tampa Bay on the ML at -115 odds and would go out to -130.

Pick: Rays ML (Risk 1u)

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