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2021 MLB Handicapping
(64-89) Miami Marlins vs. Tampa Bay Rays (95-59)
Date: Sunday, September 26th, 2021
Time: 1:10 PM ET
Venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Projected Pitchers: Jesus Luzardo (MIA) vs. Shane Baz (TB)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Marlins +170 | Rays -200
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Rays -1.5 (-140)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 8.5
The Miami Marlins make the short trip to Tropicana Field to play a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays starting on Friday evening.
Tampa Bay got three RBI’s apiece from Randy Arozarena and Kevin Kiermaier to coast to an 8-0 victory on Friday night.
Miami has come back to earth after a surprise 2020 wild card run. The Marlins are still in a rebuilding phase and currently sit at 64-88 with 10 games remaining. They are 17 games back from the Atlanta Braves for the AL East lead so a playoff run is in the forgone conclusion.
While pitching is Washington’s major flaw, run production is Miami’s. Miami adds just 3.94 runs per game, #28 in the majors. The Marlinrs offer decent pitching, and allow 4.23 runs, good for #14 overall.
First Baseman Jesus Aguilar has been a big bat in the Marlins lineup all season. He leads the team with 22 homers and 93 runs batten in to go along with a .263 batting average.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays don’t light up the scoreboard or have an elite rotation, but they seem to do everything great and it shows in their record. They’ve run away with the best record in the American League, which is even more impressive considering they’ve been played one of the toughest schedules in baseball out of the AL East.
With the playoffs quickly approaching, the Rays know games against high-quality competition are crucial to getting them playing winning baseball by the time the postseason rolls around.
The Rays are dealing with two questionable players in Wander Franco (hamstring) and Raylor Wells (illness), hurting their middle infield depth. The rotation is also missing some big arms with Chris Archer (hip), Yonny Chirinos (elbow), and Tyler Glasnow (elbow), all out for the rest of the season.
While Tampa Bay’s offense isn’t quite as explosive as Miami’s they still rank 2nd in runs per game, which is really all that matters in the end. They rank just 17th in batting average and 11th in hits per game, but rank 6th in home runs per game has helped overcome some of those other limitations.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Marlins are 64-89 overall
- Marlins are 24-51 on the road
- Rays are 95-59 overall
- Rays are 50-29 at home
Free Miami Marlins vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction:
These are teams diverging on different paths as the month of September comes to an end. Miami still sits at the bottom of their division and has not been in the playoff conversation all season. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay is back in the playoffs with an American League best record.
The Rays haven’t clinched the AL East yet as New York, Boston, and Toronto are all vying for Wild Card positions. Its very likely the Rays clinch either way but there is still room for error which this team cannot afford if they’d like home field advantage once again.
Tampa Bay is the far better in this series and have been tested by much harder competition all season and handled it with ease.
I’m taking the Rays at home.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Rays -1.5
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