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2021 MLB Handicapping
(0-0) Tampa Bay Rays vs. Miami Marlins (0-0)
Date: Thursday, April 1st, 2020
Time: 4:10 PM ET
Venue: Marlins Park in Miami, Florida
Projected Pitchers: Tyler Glasnow vs Sandy Alcantara
MLB Moneyline Odds: Rays -148 | Marlins +130
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Rays -1.5 (+120), Marlins +1.5 (-140)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 7.5
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays enter the 2021 season in defense of their AL East division and American League championship crowns. Most of the hitters from their 2021 campaign are back in the fold despite losing some key pitchers in the off-season.
The Rays return seven hitters from their lineup from a year ago. Brandon Lowe, a second baseman who batted .269 with 14 home runs and 37 RBI in 56 games in 2020, returns to lead the charge. Yandy Diaz brings another power bat to the lineup after hitting over .300 last year in 30 games.
The most pleasant surprise for the Rays last season was Randy Arozarena. The young outfielder posted an OPS of over 1.000 and played exceptionally in the postseason. Kevin Kiermaier, Austin Meadows and Willy Adames will also be key factors in the lineup.
Tyler Glasnow gets the start for the Rays. Glasnow makes his Opening Day debut after going 5-1 last season with a 4.08 ERA. He finished fourth in the American League last season in strikeouts.
The Marlins look to do something in 2021 that they have never done before: make the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Kim Ng, the first female GM in MLB history, made moves in the off-season to help the team achieve that goal.
The Marlins brought in slugger Adam Duvall over the off-season. Duvall comes in after hitting 16 home runs with the Braves last season and has averaged 26.5 home runs a season for his career.
Jesus Aguilar led the team in batting average last season at .277. Brian Anderson led the team with 11 home runs and 38 RBI’s from the hot corner. With Jonathan Villar gone from a trade, Jazz Chisholm takes over at second base. Chisholm batted .161 last year.
Sandy Alcantara takes the bump for Miami for the second straight Opening Day. He was 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 42 innings pitched last year. He had an impressive Spring Training as well, giving up just three earned runs in 20.1 innings for a 1.33 ERA.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. National League East.
- Rays are 21-7 in their last 28 interleague games as a favorite.
- Rays are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series.
- Marlins are 2-6 in their last 8 interleague home games.
- Marlins are 1-4 in their last 5 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Marlins are 1-5 in their last 6 games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
Free Tampa Bay Rays vs. Miami Marlins MLB Prediction:
Tampa Bay has dominated this matchup of late, and they should come away with their 11th victory in their last 12 games against the Marlins Thursday. This Tampa Bay lineup should improve from last year, and the continued dominance from Glasnow on the mound should be enough for the Rays.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Rays ML, Under 7.5
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