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(20-21) Tampa Bay Rays vs. Miami Marlins (22-21)
Date: Monday May 23, 2016
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Marlins Park, Miami, FL
Projected Pitchers: Matt Moore vs Wei-Yin Chen
MLB Moneyline Odds: Miami -121
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 7.5
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A pair of Florida teams renew their rivalry as the Tampa Bay Rays travel to South Florida to take on the Miami Marlins in the first of a three-game series at Marlins Park.
Both clubs will send lefties to the mound as their respective offenses look to get more runs across the plate.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays were roughed up for nine runs against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, and Chris Archer continues to struggle in the rotation.
Tampa Bay’s pitching has performed well this year, and the Rays enter this game 4th in WHIP and 8th in ERA.
The offense was dealt an ugly blow when Kevin Kiermaier fractured his hand over the weekend, and Logan Forsythe continues to nurse a banged up shoulder.
The Rays will turn to left-hander Matt Moore in the first game of this series, and they’ll need him to be much better than he’s been over the last month.
Moore comes in with a 1-3 record and a 5.09 ERA. He’s also allowed 13 earned runs over his last three starts and has nearly as many walks as he does strikeouts.
The Marlins have cooled off a bit since winning 11 of 12 games from April 24 – May 6. Much of that has to do with the fact that Giancarlo Stanton has struck out 17 times in his last six games.
Miami has still found offense through guys like Martin Prado, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna, but the Marlins need Stanton to swing the bat better if they want to get back on the winning track.
The Fish will send lefty Wei-Yin Chen to the mound to counter Moore.
Chen has pitched extremely well over his last two starts by allowing just four earned runs while carrying a K/BB ratio of 9/1.
Chen still has a relatively high 4.22 ERA, but his respectable WHIP of 1.24 is a better indicator of how he’s pitched thus far.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Rays are 5-9 in day games.
- Rays are 10-10 on the road.
- Rays are 0-5 in Moore’s last 5 starts.
- Marlins are 9-12 at home.
- Marlins are 4-6 in their last 10 games.
Free Tampa Bay Rays vs. Miami Marlins MLB Prediction:
Both the Rays and Marlins can make the postseason this year, but each club needs to find more consistency in order to make that happen.
Opposing batters are hitting .314 against Moore during his road starts, so look for Miami to jump ahead on Tampa’s lefty.
Chen has been the much better pitcher of the two, especially over the last few starts.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Miami ML
The Marlins have struggled on offense, but they’ve played well when Wei-Yin Chen has taken the mound. I think Miami will start this series off with a win as Matt Moore continues to struggle.
Tampa Bay has lost the last five times Moore has taken the mound, and I think that streak continues on Monday.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Miami 6-3
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