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The Tampa Bay Rays will take on the host Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night in the first of a two-game interleague set. First pitch is slated for 8:10 p.m. ET from American Family Field. Coverage will be on each team’s regional sports channel as well as MLB.TV.  

The Rays have yet to decide on their starting pitcher. Brandon Woodruff will take the mound for the Brewers. Woodruff has a 9-3 record and his ERA is 3.49. 

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The Rays have the third best record in the AL East. Prior to the action on Aug. 8, they’re in a Wild Card spot and two games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in those standings. 

The Brewers have the second best mark in the NL Central. Before the contests on Aug. 8, the Brewers are 1.5 games behind the final Wild Card team, the San Diego Padres. The Brewers are two games back of the NL Central leading St. Louis Cardinals. 

Leading up to AugThe Rays are 4-1 in their last five games. The Rays most recently took three out of four from the host Detroit Tigers. In the series finale, the Rays blanked the Tigers 7-0. 

The Brewers meanwhile are 1-4 in their last five contests. The Brewers dropped two out of three against the visiting Cincinnati Reds in their last series. The Brewers fell 4-2 in 10 innings in their last game. 

Woodruff has allowed 74 hits, seven home runs, and 27 walks along with throwing 104 strikeouts in 85 innings. The Brewers are 2-3 in Woodruff’s last five appearances. In Woodruff’s last game vs. the Pirates on Aug. 4, he allowed two earned runs and eight hits in 6.1 innings. 

Prior to the games on Aug. 8, the Rays ranked 19th in batting average (.239), 21st in on-base percentage (.309), 22nd in RBI (420), and 24th in slugging percentage (.378) and home runs (96). Third baseman Yandy Diaz leads the Rays in batting average (.276) and on-base percentage (.390). Left fielder Randy Arozarena is tops on the Rays in RBI (51) and hits (102). Third baseman Isaac Paredes has a team-best 14 home runs. 

Before the contests on Aug. 8, the Brewers ranked third in home runs (151), seventh in on-base percentage (.321), slugging percentage (.419) and RBI (487) and 17th in batting average (.240). Left fielder Christian Yelich leads the Brewers in batting average (.263), on-base percentage (.364), and hits (102). Shortstop Willy Adames has a team-high 22 home runs. First baseman Rowdy Tellez has the most RBI on the Brewers with 70. 

The Rays are 49-59 against the spread overall and 25-29 against the spread on the road. For over/under, the Rays are 50-52-6 overall and 26-26-2 on the road. 

The Brewers are 47-61 against the spread overall and 22-27 against the spread at home. In terms of over/under, the Brewers are 55-49-4 overall and 26-22-1 at home. 

The Brewers swept both games against the Rays in Tampa on June 28-29 by the exact final score of 5-3. Woodruff was the winning pitcher in Game 1, as he tossed 10 strikeouts in five innings in his first contest after coming off the injured list. 

Behind another strong showing on the mound for Woodruff, the Brewers will continue their winning ways against the Rays.

Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.