The Tampa Bay Rays will look to even the 2020 World Series in Game 4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday evening. The Dodgers took Game 3 to break a 1-1 tie in the series, leaving the Rays in an urgent position as Game 4 approaches. Tampa Bay will give the ball to Ryan Yarbrough at the outset, with Julio Urias starting for the Dodgers. First pitch from Arlington, Tex., is set for 8:08 p.m. ET.
The latest Dodgers vs. Rays odds from William Hill list Los Angeles as the -160 favorite on the money line. The over-under for total runs expected is set at eight. Before making any Rays vs. Dodgers picks for Game 4, check out the latest MLB predictions from the SDQL Gurus over at SportsLine.
They're a group of data scientists who use artificial intelligence, risk management and the Sports Data Query Language (SDQL) database to capitalize on inefficiencies in the betting market. Entering Game 4 of the 2020 World Series, the SDQL Gurus are an impressive 122-66 on MLB picks, returning their followers over $1,600. They're 5-1 on World Series money-line and over-under picks thus far.
Overnight, the SDQL Gurus ran 50 million database queries, each of which describes a different handicapping situation for Game 4 of Dodgers vs. Rays in the 2020 World Series. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the MLB odds from William Hill and trends for Rays vs. Dodgers:
- Dodgers vs. Rays money line: Dodgers -160, Rays +150
- Dodgers vs. Rays over-under: 8 runs
- Dodgers vs. Rays spread: Dodgers -1.5
- LAD: The Dodgers are 6-2 in the last 8 games
- TB: The Rays are 14-7 in the last 21 games
Why you should back the Dodgers
The Dodgers have a deep and talented lineup, and that is on full display in this series. Mookie Betts is one of the best players in baseball and, in addition to his tremendous defense and base-running, the All-Star outfielder boasts a 1.012 OPS with four stolen bases already in the World Series. Corey Seager leads the team in OPS (1.238) but he is joined by Justin Turner (1.126), Max Muncy (.955) and Chris Taylor (.879) in bludgeoning Tampa Bay's pitching staff.
In run prevention, the Rays may have the advantage on paper, but the Dodgers are facing a lineup that is simply less threatening than what Los Angeles deploys. The Dodgers also posted the second-best bullpen ERA (2.74) in MLB this season with numerous quality options for Dave Roberts to deploy.
Why you should back the Rays
The Rays are at an offensive disadvantage in this series, simply because the Dodgers are loaded with firepower. However, Tampa Bay is tremendous in the area of run prevention. In the regular season, the Rays ranked near the top of the league in several defensive categories, including defensive runs saved, ultimate zone rating and fielding percentage. Tampa Bay has few, if any, defensive weaknesses. From there, the Rays are very strong in the bullpen.
Tampa Bay led the league in wins above replacement from relief pitchers this season, and the Rays ranked third in the league with a 3.37 ERA. Against a patient Dodgers lineup, it is critical to throw strikes, and the Rays were second best in baseball during the regular season with a walk rate of only 2.9 per nine innings. In the playoffs, Tampa Bay has continued on a torrid pace with its relief corps, posting a 3.44 ERA in 73.1 innings with 68 strikeouts and 28 walks. Given that left-handed Ryan Yarbrough isn't likely to throw deep into the game, the Rays will need to lean on their bullpen depth.
How to make Dodgers vs. Rays picks
The SDQL Gurus are leaning over on the total and they've also found an alarming 15-0 betting trend that makes one side of the money line a huge value. Head to SportsLine now to see the pick.
So who wins Rays vs. Dodgers? And which side of the money line has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side to jump on, all from the group of data scientists who have returned over $1,600 on MLB picks.