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2018 MLB Season
(6-5) Philadelphia Phillies vs. Tampa Bay Rays (3-9)
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 6:10 PM ET
Venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
Projected Pitchers: Jake Arrieta vs. Chris Archer
MLB Moneyline Odds: Rays -114 | Phillies +104
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Rays -1.5 (+180)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 7.5
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Making his season debut earlier this week, Arrieta could only make it four innings while giving up two earned off of three hits while striking out five and walking two. Not a great start for Arrieta needing 74 pitches to make it through four innings, but both of his earned runs came in the first inning.
Although he struggled against Miami’s lineup, we can probably chalk it up to first game jitters as both the runs came in the first inning, meanwhile Philadelphia’s defense hasn’t been too great to start the season. It was encouraging to see the five strikeouts though.
Philadelphia’s lineup has been smashing the ball in their last five games accumulating 10 home runs and 10 doubles while they are slashing .262/.342/.500 to go along with 39 RBI. As far as plate discipline they rank 5th in walks with 51 and 18th in strikeouts with 110.
Tampa Bay Rays
Archer was able to earn the Win in his third start of the season where he went 5.2 innings giving up three earned off of six hits while striking out eight and walking three. He has been consistent in his first three starts giving up six hits per game, four runs per game and one home run per game.
His 11.88 K/9 is a beautiful thing, but he has struggled with the long ball and has been unfortunate with the hits given up as he has a .357 BABIP and 64.2% LOB% which has resulted in a high 5.94 ERA. His 4.17 FIP means it all hasn’t been his fault, but he needs to work on the home run department.
After a slow start to the season, Tampa Bays’ lineup had a little spark in the last week slashing .269/.365/.392 to go along with 12 extra-base hits and 21 RBI. They currently own a walk-to-strikeout ratio of 49:114.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- PHI are 2-8 in their last 10 games on astroturf.
- PHI are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Tampa Bay.
- Under is 6-2-2 in PHI last 10 road games.
- TB are 2-11 in their last 13 Sat. games.
- TB are 2-9 in their last 11 overall.
- Under is 25-9 in TB last 34 home games.
Free Philadelphia Phillies vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction: Philadelphia slugs their way to victory
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With the way both lineups have been hitting and both pitchers early struggle with the long ball, I expect runs to be scored in this matchup where the weather will be in the high 70s to low 80s.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Philadelphia 5 – Tampa Bay 3
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