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Tampa Bay Rays @ Washington Nationals – 7.05PM ET
The Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals will kick off their short two game set in the nation’s capital on Tuesday night.
Washington will be full of confidence entering this series after defeating their first placed division rivals, the New York Mets, in a make-up game on Monday. The Nationals now have a 7-3 record from their past 10 games, while Kyle Schwarber’s two homers on Tuesday gives him 11 home runs from his last 9 games and 15 home runs from his last 17 games.
As for Tampa Bay, they look to have returned to form after their recent seven game losing streak, winning four of their five games since snapping the streak. As a result of their 2-1 series victory against the Angels over the weekend, the Rays will hit the road having won four of their last six games at home.
This is getting STUPID. Kyle Schwarber has homered TWICE tonight, ELEVEN times in his last 9 games, and now FIFTEEN times in his last 17 games. Why on earth is anyone throwing him anything in the strike zone? pic.twitter.com/EbfYNZI5q7
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) June 29, 2021
Rich Hill will make his 16th start of the season for the Rays on Tuesday. Hill has a 6-2 record, 3.52 ERA and 1.08 WHIP from 76.2 innings this season. The southpaw owns a 3-0 record on the road this year, to go along with a 3.55 ERA from seven starts.
Washington will give Joe Ross the ball for his 15th start of the year. Ross has a 4-7 record, 4.12 ERA and 1.21 WHIP from 74.1 innings of action in 2021. The right hander has thrown 20 innings in his last three starts, allowing just five runs on 15 hits in that time, including two shutout performances.
We are going to take the Nationals at home at underdog odds for Tuesday’s matchup. Although Rich Hill has been solid on the road this year, Joe Ross has thrown a pair of shutouts in his last three starts. As well as that, Tampa are not that far removed from their recent seven game losing streak and Washington’s Kyle Schwarber is in the midst of one of the all time home run hitting streaks. We’re riding Schwarber’s offensive momentum with Ross at the mound for Washington on Tuesday.
Detroit Tigers @ Cleveland Indians – 7.10PM ET
A pair of AL Central rivals will continue their three games set in Cleveland on Tuesday when the Tigers and Indians meet for the second match of their series.
Cleveland took a 1-0 series lead over Detroit on Monday, winning the series opener 13-5. Jose Ramirez led the way for the Indians offense on Monday, hitting a three run homer at the bottom of the fourth to give Cleveland a seven run lead. Ramirez finished with two runs on three hits with five RBIs.
Matt Manning took the loss for Detroit with the ball, allowing nine earned runs on nine hits in just 3.2 innings at the mound.
Detroit will send Jose Urena to the mound to tie the series on Tuesday. Urena has a 2-8 record from 14 starts this season, to go along with a 6.00 ERA and 1.65 WHIP from 69 innings of action. The right hander has been terrible in his last three starts, allowing 18 runs on 20 hits in just 9.2 innings.
J.C Mejia will make his sixth start (ninth appearance) of the season for Cleveland on Tuesday. The right hander has a 1-2 record, 4.94 ERA and 1.18 WHIP from 23.2 innings this year. Mejia recently bounced back from a poor outing against Pittsburgh (six earned runs in five innings) with a solid six inning performance against Minnesota, where he allowed just one run on four hits.
Seeing as their lineup has scored 6.5 runs per game in their past four matches, we are going to take the Indians at home in game two of this series on Tuesday. Especially when considering that Cleveland will be coming up against a grossly out of form Jose Urena, who has allowed 18 earned runs in his last 9.2 innings.
Kansas City Royals @ Boston Red Sox – 7.10PM ET
The Royals and Red Sox will meet for game two of their series in Boston on Tuesday night.
As a result of their 6-5 victory on Monday, Boston extended their active winning streak to four consecutive games and took a 1-0 lead over Kansas City in this series. Although the Royals were out to a 5-1 lead at the top of the second, Hunter Renfroe hit home runs at the bottom of the fourth (two run) and bottom of the sixth (go-ahead) to lead the Red Sox comeback.
Danny Duffy allowed four earned runs on five hits in 3.1 innings for Kansas City on Monday.
Hunter Renfroe, destroyer of baseballs. pic.twitter.com/ne4Rl1oLwi
— Red Sox (@RedSox) June 29, 2021
Brad Keller will make his 17th start of the season for the Royals on Tuesday. Keller has a 6-8 record, 6.39 ERA, 1.80 WHIP and 67 strikeouts from 76 innings this season. The right hander has been costly in his last three starts, allowing 15 earned runs on 22 hits in 15 innings.
Boston will counter with Nick Pivetta on the mound on Tuesday. Pivetta has a 6-3 record from 15 starts this season, to go along with a 4.00 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 94 strikeouts from 81 innings. The right hander is coming off arguably his best start of the season, having allowed zero runs on zero hits with eight strikeouts against the Rays in 6.2 innings at the mound.
Seeing as Kansas City missed out on a victory on Monday after taking five runs and 11 hits off Garrett Richards, we can’t see the Royals winning game two against Nick Pivetta at home on Tuesday. Pivetta is coming off his best start of the season (zero runs on zero hits with eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings) and he will be throwing to a Kansas City lineup that is scoring just 2.2 runs across their last five games. As well as that, Boston’s lineup is averaging six runs per game across their last four starts and they will be coming up against an out of form Brad Keller, who has allowed 15 earned runs on 22 hits in his last three appearances.
San Diego Padres @ Cincinnati Reds – 7.10PM ET
The Padres and Reds will kick off their three game series in Cincinnati on Tuesday night.
Tuesday will be the Reds sixth of 11 consecutive games at home. In their five previous at the Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati split their four game set against the Braves before winning their most recent make-up game against the Phillies 12-4 on Monday.
As for San Diego, they recently brought an end to a 10 game homestand that saw them win nine games, including four against Cincinnati. The Padres won their most recent series 2-1 against the Diamondbacks. Despite winning the series, San Diego were outscored 17-19 across the three games.
Blake Snell will look to carry the Padres good form onto the road when he makes his 16th start of the year. Snell has a 3-3 record, 5.29 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 90 strikeouts from 66.1 innings of action. The southpaw threw five shutout innings in his last start, however Snell had given up 10 earned runs on 14 hits in his two previous appearances.
Cincinnati will give Tony Santillan the ball for his fourth start of the season and of his career. The right hander is 1-1 in 2021, to go along with a 3.29 ERA and 1.46 WHIP from 13.2 innings this year. Although he allowed three runs on four hits in three innings against San Diego earlier this month, Santillan is coming off the best start of his young career, having allowed one run on three hits in six innings against Atlanta.
With a 9-1 record in their past 10 games, including a four game sweep over Cincinnati and a three game sweep over Los Angeles, San Diego are looking like the pick for this matchup on the road. Especially when considering that Cincinnati have won just four of their past 10 games. Blake Snell is fresh off a shoutout performance against the Dodgers in his last starts and he should give the Padres an edge at the mound over the inexperienced Santillan. As well as that, Santillan will be pitching two a Padres lineup that is averaging 5.5 runs per game across their last 10 matches.
New York Mets @ Atlanta Braves – 7.20PM ET
A pair of NL East rivals will close out our Tuesday night MLB schedule when the Atlanta Braves host the New York Mets for the first match of their three game series.
This will be New York’s fifth consecutive series against a division rival, as the Mets still hold a three game lead over Washington for the No. 1 spot in the NL East. The Mets recently split their four game series against the Phillies at home before losing their makeup game against the Nationals 8-4 on Monday.
Similarly, the Braves recently split their four game set against the Reds in Cincinnati. Atlanta failed to score five runs in any of their games against Cincinnati, as both teams scored 11 runs respectively in the four game series.
The Braves and Mets both played eight games last week, including four games against each other in New York (2-2), so fatigue may be a factor in this series.
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) June 23, 2021
Atlanta will send Charlie Morton to the mound for his 15th start of the season. The right hander has a 7-3 record, 3.68 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 93 strikeouts this year. Morton has thrown 14.2 innings in his last two starts, allowing zero runs on four hits with 18 strikeouts in that time.
The injury depleted Mets pitching staff will give Tylor MeGill the ball for his second start of the season and his career. MeGill allowed two earned runs on three hits in 4.1 innings in his sole MLB game, which happened to be against the Braves earlier this month.
We are going to take the Braves to make up some ground on the NL East leading Mets with a win in Tuesday’s series opener at home. Atlanta’s Charlie Morton is coming off back to back shutout performances which will give the Braves an advantage at the mound as New York are giving rookie Tylor MeGill his second career start. As well as that, Morton will be pitching to a Mets lineup that has scored just 33 runs in their past 14 games and are averaging a league low 3.59 runs per game in 2021.
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