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The Milwaukee Brewers will travel to face the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon in the finale of a two-game set. First pitch is slated for 12:10 p.m. ET from Tropicana Field. Coverage will be on each team’s regional sports channel as well as MLB.TV.

Eric Lauer will be the starting pitcher for the visiting Brewers. As of June 28, the starting pitcher for the Rays will be Jalen Beeks. Lauer has a 6-3 record with an ERA of 3.89. 

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As of June 28, the Brewers were atop the NL Central standings by a half game over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Rays were second-to-last in the AL East, ahead of only the Baltimore Orioles.

Before the series, the Brewers most recently took two out of three games from the visiting Toronto Blue Jays in interleague play. The Brewers were 3-2 in their last five games prior to this set.

Prior to the set, the Rays swept a three-game series from the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates in interleague play. The Rays were 4-1 in their last five games going into the series.

Lauer has allowed 65 hits, 23 walks, and 16 home runs, while tossing 77 strikeouts. The Brewers are 1-4 in the last five outings that Lauer has pitched. In his last outing on June 22 vs. the Cardinals, Lauer pitched six innings and allowed five earned runs and six hits, while throwing five strikeouts.

As of June 28, the Brewers ranked third in home runs (99), 11th in slugging percentage (.404), 12th in RBI (324), 17th in on-base percentage (.313) and 24th in batting average (.234). Left fielder Christian Yelich leads the Brewers in on-base percentage (.338) and hits (67). First baseman Rowdy Tellez is tops for the Brewers in batting average (.248) and RBI (15). Shortstop Willy Adames has a team-leading 15 home runs.

Heading into June 28, the Rays ranked tied for 21st in home runs (67), 23rd in batting average (.234), 25th in on-base percentage (.298), 25th in slugging percentage (.376), 26th in RBI (278). Third baseman Yandy Diaz leads the Rays in batting average (.260) and on-base percentage (.379). Second baseman Isaac Paredes is tops for the Rays in home runs (10). First baseman Ji-Man Choi has a team-leading 35 RBI. Left fielder Randy Arozarena is first on the Rays with 69 hits. 

The Rays lead the all-time series 7-5 vs. the Brewers. The last series between the teams came in 2017, with the Brewers taking two of the three games. 

Leading up to the series, the Brewers were 34-41 against the spread overall and 17-24 against the spread on the road. For over/under, the Brewers are 37-35-3 overall and 19-20-2 on the road. 

Before the set, the Rays were 33-39 against the spread overall and 18-22 against the spread at home. Regarding over/under, the Rays are 32-36-4 overall and 16-21-3 at home. 

The Brewers have yet to win the World Series and their lone pennant came in 1982 when they were a member of the AL. 

The Rays have no World Series titles and reached the championship round in 2008 and 2020. 

The Brewers will cap off the series with an easy road win heading into a four-game series at the Pirates.

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

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