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Odds, tips and predictions for the game Washington Nationals vs Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays (41-42) welcome the Washington Nationals (39-43) to Tropicana Field on Sunday for the finale of their 3-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:40 p.m. ET. Let’s check out FanDuel Sportsbook’s odds around the Nationals vs Rays opportunities and place your best bets with our expert MLB tips and predictions.

Season series: 1:1 draw

The Rays are 22-25 at home after losing 8-1 to the Nationals on Saturday after winning the series opener 3-1. Tampa Bay has won 4 of its last 6 games. It has allowed 3 or fewer runs in 4 of its last 6 games. The Rays are 38-45 against the spread (ATS) this season.

The Nationals have a 22-24 road record and have played 8 straight road games, going 3-5. Washington’s offense has been flawless lately, scoring at least 5 runs in 4 of their last 5 games. The Nationals have a 48-34 ATS record.

Expected starters for the Nationals at the Rays

LHP Patrick Corbin against RHP Taj Bradley

Corbin (1-7, 5.46 ERA) is making his 17th start. He has a WHIP of 1.53, 3.2 BB/9 and 6.1 K/9 in 89 IP.

  • Last start: No decision, 7 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 5 K in a 7-6 road loss to the San Diego Padres on Monday
  • 2024 Away Splits: 1-4, 5.29 ERA (49 1/3 IP, 29 ER), 1.58 WHIP, 4 HR, 5.7 K/9 in 9 starts
  • Career against Rays: 0-1, 7.36 ERA (11 IP, 9 ER), 1.55 WHIP, 4.9 K/9 in 2 starts

Bradley (2-4, 3.81 ERA) is making his 10th start. He has a WHIP of 1.15, 3.3 BB/9 and 11.1 K/9 in 49 2/3 IP.

  • Last start: No decision, 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 4 BB, 8 K in a 4-3 home win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday
  • 2024 Home Splits: 1-3, 2.04 ERA (35 1/3 IP, 8 ER), 0.88 WHIP, 4 HR, 12.5 K/9 in 6 starts
  • Attending the Nationals for the first time

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Odds for Nationals at Rays

Provided by FanDuel Sportsbook; for a complete list visit the USA TODAY sports scores and betting odds hub. Odds last updated at 8:15 a.m. ET.

  • Moneyline (ML): Nationals +154 (bet $100 to win $154) | Rays -184 (bet $184 to win $100)
  • Running Line (RL)/Against the Spread (ATS): Nationals +1.5 (-140) | Rays -1.5 (+116)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 8 (O: -105 | U: -115)

Tips and predictions for the Nationals at the Rays

forecast

Rays 6, Nationals 3

Money line

HAPPEN.

The Rays are too expensive to beat on the moneyline. The Nationals have struggled to win lately, but all indications are that they are worth the risk on the run line.

Running Line/Against the Spread

Bets on national teams +1.5 (-140).

The Nationals are one of the best teams in MLB when it comes to covering. At 28-18 ATS, they are the sixth-best team in away coverage, and at 41-26 ATS, they are in the top half of MLB as an underdog. Despite Corbin’s struggles, he is still a two-time All-Star pitcher and should be able to turn things around.

For the Rays, Bradley’s last 3 starts have resulted in a 1-run spread. Tampa Bay is also the second-worst team to play home games at just 16-31 ATS. Given these trends, back NATIONAL +1.5 (-140).

About under

BET OVER 8 (-105).

The Nationals have won the over in 4 of their last 5 games and have scored at least 5 runs in 4 of those 5 games. They are 5-2 O/U in Corbin’s last 7 starts and 6-2 O/U in their last 8 road games.

The Rays have a 42-37-3 O/U record this season and a 2-1-1 O/U record in their last 4 games. Tampa Bay is 6th in the majors in overhitting rate at home with a 24-20-3 O/U record. Considering that, back OVER 8 (-105).

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