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Braves vs Rays Free Pick May 19, 2012

The Tampa Bay Rays are hosting the Atlanta Braves in a three game interleague series at Tropicana Field. Atlanta won the first game of the series, but will be without the services of veteran Chipper Jones who hurt his calf in the victory. Jones was hit by a hard one-hopper and told reporters after the game that he would be out the rest of the series.

Jones was one of the offense leaders for Atlanta thus far in the season. Jones is hitting .307 and has 24 RBIs. Atlanta is 25-15 on the season and is 10-1 in its last 11 interleague games. Starting for the Braves on the mound tonight will be Randall Delgado. Delgado is 2-3 on the season with an ERA of 3.79. He has pitched very well during May. He has an ERA of 1.33 during the month and a WHIP of just 0.93.

Delgado’s counterpart for the Rays will be Alex Cobb. Cobb was 3-2 with an ERA of 3.42 over nine starts last season for the Rays and this season the right-hander is 1-4 with an ERA of 4.14 with the Rays’ Durham Triple-A team. This will be his first start in the majors this season.

Delgado has held right-handed batter to a .162 batting average, but has allowed lefthanders to knock him around to the tune of .316. That could help the Rays, as they have a number of batters who hit from the left side of the plate. One of them, Luke Scott, had three hits Friday and two RBIs to left his season total to 29.

The line opened with the Rays as the favorite -110 to Atlanta +105. The run total is sitting at 8.5. The Rays will have a new pitcher on the mound, but will be facing a pitcher that does not pitch well against left-handed batters. Take the Rays in this game with the total to end OVER.

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Saturday, May 19th, 2012 2012, Baseball

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