The Tampa Bay Rays will look to finish off their sweep of the Miami Marlins when the two teams square off in the second game of their short, two-game Inter-league series on Wednesday night. With the Rays looking to stay in sole possession of first place in the AL East and the Marlins looking to snap an ugly losing streak, let’s find out where the best value lies in this matchup.
Rays vs Marlins MLB Bettling Lines, Analysis & Prediction
Avi provided all the 💪, and we shutout the Marlins. #RaysUpRECAP // https://t.co/n5tevAgvsK pic.twitter.com/aPrvmHR91L — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) May 15, 2019
- When: Wednesday May 15, 2019, 7:10 PM ET
- Where: Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
- TV: SUN, FSFL
- Radio: Tampa Bay / Miami Marlins
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- MLB Odds: Miami +167/Tampa Bay -192/Total: 7.5
- Rays RH Ryne Stanek (0-1, 2.57 ERA)
- Marlins RH Jose Urena (1-5, 4.82)
Why Bet On Tampa Bay?
The Rays have won two of three including their 4-0 shutout win over the Marlins on Tuesday. Veteran hurler Charlie Morton limited Miami to just three hits in six strong innings.
“My sinker was playing pretty well tonight,” Morton said. “They were pretty aggressive around the zone. They didn’t chase a whole lot, but they were aggressive maybe on pitches that weren’t hitters’ pitches.”
Avisail Garcia had a solo homer and two RBI singles for the Rays in the opener against their in-state inter league rivals.
“A healthy Avi Garcia can beat you in many ways,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Last year, he was battling injuries. But now he is 100% healthy. He hits the infield single to break the game a little bit more right there.”
For Wednesday’s game, the Rays will hand the ball to right-hander Ryne Stanek who allowed one run against the Yankees in his unique role as the ‘opener’.
- Runs: 4.60
- Hits: 8.73
- Walks: 3.83
- Strike Outs: 9.57
- Runs: 3.08
- Hits: 6.90
- Walks: 2.78
- Strike Outs: 10.00
Why Bet On Miami?
Miami has dropped six straight games and nine of their last 10 games overall. Neil Walker had a pair of hits for the Marlins on Tuesday night but they were shut out for the eighth time this season.
“We don’t have that one or two guys somewhat in the middle of the order kind of banging for you,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “I know guys are getting after it but they’re not measuring to what you’d like.”
Miami will be going with right-hander Jose Urena on Wednesday. The 27-year-old Dominican gave up three runs on five hits in 7.0 innings of a 3-2 loss against the Cubs on may 8.
- Runs: 2.62
- Hits: 7.20
- Walks: 2.53
- Strike Outs: 9.12
- Runs: 5.00
- Hits: 8.40
- Walks: 4.03
- Strike Outs: 8.90
Rays vs Marlins MLB Betting Trends
- Tampa Bay are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the National League
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games on the road
- Miami are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami’s last 5 games
Expert Analysis and Prediction for Rays vs Marlins
The Marlins are by far, the worst team in all of baseball and that alone makes the surprising Tampa Bay Rays the easy pick to win and cover the chalk in this interleague mismatch. Tampa Bay has gone 5-1 in their last 6 interleague road games vs. a team with a losing record, 22-8 in their last 30 road games and 10-4 in Ryne Stanek’s last 14 starts vs. a team with a losing record. On the flip side of the coin, the Marlins are 14-37 in their last 51 games overall, 0-4 in their last 4 home games vs. a right-handed starter and 1-7 in Jose Urena’s last eight starts. The Rays win going away!
MLB Betting Pick: Tampa Bay 6 Miami 2