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MLB betting action sees the Tampa Bay Rays taking on the Washington Nationals on Wednesday June 17th at Nationals Park in Washington, District of Columbia. Cappers Picks provides free MLB handicapping tips all season long.

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Preview: Tampa Bay Rays (36-30) at Washington Nationals (34-31)
Stadium: Nationals Park (Washington, District of Columbia)
Time/Date: Wednesday June 17th ; 7:05 PM ET
MLB Odds: Tampa Bay Rays +141/ Washington Nationals -151
Over/Under: 7.5 runs 
PITCHING MATCHUP:Rays RH Matt Andriese (1-1, 3.76 ERA) vs. Nationals RH Jordan Zimmermann (5-4, 3.74)
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The series shifts to Washington as the Tampa Bay Rays and the Washington Nationals get set to do battle in game 3 of a home and home series. After falling in game 1, the Nationals seemed to take out a little frustration yesterday as they pounded hit after hit en route to a 16 run outburst.

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They’ll now come home where they’ve surprisingly dropped 5 of 6 games and look to make it two in a row against the Rays.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Washington Nationals

Two teams fighting near the top of their respective divisions look to keep things rolling with the series now in Washington. Currently, Tampa Bay sits atop the AL East just 1 game ahead of the Yankees and 2 games ahead of Baltimore and Toronto. The Nationals are still trying to fight their way back as they still sit 1.5 games behind front running New York in the NL East.

With the 4 game series tied at 1-1, the Rays look to guarantee themselves at least a split when they send RH Matt Andriese to the hill.

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Andriese has made just 4 career starts and was recalled from the minors last week to fill the injury spot of Jake Odorizzi. Andriese pitched extremely well against the White Sox allowing just 2 unearned runs in a 7-5 victory at home.

The Rays’ right hander has struggled against lefties though as they are hitting .364. The Nationals will have a stacked lefty lineup on Wednesday night.

As for Washington, they’ll send Jordan Zimmerman to the mound, who has been a mess lately. The right hander has been knocked around for 10 runs combined in his last 2 starts against the Brewers and Cubs.

His ERA has jumped to 3.74 on the season.

He’s faced the Rays one time in his career as he went 5.0 innings allowing just 1 hit. That start did however come all the way back in 2009.

Washington can be somewhat thankful they’re still just 1.5 games off the pace as they have dropped 12 of 18 overall as they look to get their starting pitching back into form.

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Even after losing 5 of their last 6 at home, Washington is still 16-12 S.U. at Nationals Park.

MLB Handicapping Trends:

  • Rays are 6-2 in their last 8 Wednesday games.
  • Rays are 8-3 in their last 11 games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
  • Nationals are 5-2 in their last 7 interleague games vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Nationals are 63-26 in their last 89 Wednesday games

Free 4* MLB Prediction: Tampa Bay ML

The Rays have a lot of value to work with on Wednesday. They’re just as good of a team as the Nationals and are going up against a struggling pitcher at a decent price.

Tampa Bay 6, Washington 4

Back Tampa in this spot on Wednesday.
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By Tony M

Tony is new to Cappers Picks and has been betting on sports since the first day he turned 18. He is a 22 year old Cleveland native who lives and breathes Indians baseball. His dream is to be part of a championship celebration at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.