Tampa Bay Rays (28-14) at Washington Nationals (15-25)

Tuesday, September 08, 2020 at 6:05 pm

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At 6:05 pm, our selection is on the Tampa Bay Rays over the Washington Nationals.  Who would have imagined just two years ago that, in September of 2020, the Rays would be prohibitive favorites in DC against the mighty Nationals?  Well, as crazy as this season has been, it's even crazier when you consider who the contenders and pretenders are at this stage.  With Boston never getting out of the box, the Yanks faltering, and Toronto still at least a year away from being a true contender, the Rays are the overwhelming favorites to win the AL East.  Tampa's roster is full of bargain players, and Ryan Yarbrough is a good example.  He's not going to win a Cy Young anytime soon, but the 3rd-year southpaw (on a 1-year contract for about $500K) is a very good pitcher who can fill spots in the rotation and provide valuable innings in relief.  This evening, he'll get start number eight after coming off the DL for a groin injury.  Yarbrough is 16-7 with a 3.44 ERA in 43 night games (17 starts).  And he's also 16-5 with a 3.32 ERA in 37 career road games.  Take Tampa.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.

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Al’s Pick Tampa Bay Rays: -152

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