MLB FREE PICK: Tampa Bay Rays -136

MLB FREE PICK: Tampa Bay Rays -136

Tampa Bay vs. Washington, 06/19/2012 19:05 EDT, Score: 5 - 4

Money Line: -136 Tampa Bay

Sportsbook: Intertops

Result: Win

MLB FREE PICK: Tampa Bay Rays -136

I think the Rays are favored for good reason at Washington tonight. Tampa will send out David Price against Chien-Ming Wang, which right away is a huge advantage for the Rays.

Don't be scared off by the fact that Price allowed seven runs on nine hits in just five innings against the Mets in his last start. That actually makes me like the play even more, as Price is one of the elite pitchers in the game. He is going to be extremely motivated to come out and redeem himself against the Nationals.

Price's lost to the Mets was just his second all season when he has taken the mound in a night game. Even with the horrible performance, he is 8-2 with a 2.93 ERA in 11 starts at night.

The Nationals are searching for answers after getting swept by the Yankees over the weekend. A series in which they scored just six runs. With an offense that isn't hitting the ball, it's going to be extremely hard for Washington to win without a big time performance from Wang. I'll take my chances on that not happening. Wang is just 1-2 with a 5.02 ERA and 2.094 WHIP in three starts this season and has a career ERA of 4.14 in 14 starts vs the Rays.

Tampa Bay is 20-6 in Prices last 26 starts as a road favorite, 8-2 in their last 10 road games vs. a right-handed starter, and 7-0 in their last 7 interleague road games. BET THE RAYS!

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