The Tampa Bay Rays will host a quick two-game series against the Washington Nationals starting on Tuesday, June 8th. Tampa Bay took two of three games this weekend against the Texas Rangers to improve to 38-23 for first place in the American League East. Meanwhile, Washington lost twice against the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game series, dropping to 24-32 for fourth place in the N.L. East.
Tampa Bay will start with Tyler Glasnow on the mound, and he’s been a stud for the Rays. The righthander has a 4-2 record and 2.69 ERA through 12 starts, and he is among the favorites to win the Cy Young award. Jon Lester will start for Washington with an 0-2 record and 4.37 ERA in seven starts.
Moneyline pick: Rays -215
You’re going to be paying a high price to get the Rays in this spot, but it seems unlikely the Nationals can come away with a win on Tuesday night. Glasnow is a star and has allowed more than three earned runs just twice in his 12 starts this year. Meanwhile, Lester is not nearly as effective at age 37, and the Nationals really struggle offensively as the second worst team in runs scored this season. — EB
Player Prop: Tyler Glasnow over 7.5 strikeouts (-125)
Anytime Glasnow is on the mound for the Rays, there’s a strong chance Tampa Bay will ended up winning the game. The ace pitcher has been outstanding this season with a 4-2 record and 2.69 ERA in 12 starts. He has gone over 7.5 strikeouts in an outstanding 9 out of 12 starts this season. Glasnow is facing a Nationals’ lineup that is averaging 8.45 strikeouts per game, but 8.93 strikeouts per game away from Nationals Park. — JA
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