Tampa Bay Rays vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, MLB Baseball Odds, Las Vegas Sports Betting, Picks, Predictions

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TAMPA BAY RAYS PITTSBURGH PIRATES
41-39, 3rd in American League East June 29, 7:05 PM | Grass of PNC Park 36-42, 4th in National League Central
Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:05 PM ET, Thursday, June 29, 2017
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, FSN Sun (Tampa Bay), ROOT Pittsburgh
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays RH Chris Archer (6-4, 3.88 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Jameson Taillon (3-2, 3.33)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Tampa Bay Rays [C. Archer -R] -1½ +130 -118 Ov 8 -105
Pittsburgh Pirates [J. Taillon -R] +1½ -150 +108 Un 8 -115
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The Tampa Bay Rays and the Pittsburgh Pirates will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at PNC Park.

Right hander Chris Archer will take the mound for the Rays to start this game. Archer is 6-4 this season with a 3.97 ERA.

It’ll be Jameson Taillon toeing the rubber for the Pirates in this contest. Right hander Taillon is 3-2 with a 3.33 ERA so far this season.

Archer struck out a season-low four batters and yielded five runs over six innings last time out, but earned his second straight victory in a 15-5 rout. The 28-year-old North Carolina native’s ERA has risen each month this season, but he has completed at least six innings in 11 of his last 12 starts. Archer allowed five runs in seven innings of loss in his only start against the Pirates and is 5-6 with a 2.75 ERA in 14 interleague games.

Taillon is 1-1 in three games since returning from the disabled list, permitting six runs in 16 innings combined while striking out 16 and giving up just one homer. The 25-year-old former second-overall pick in 2010, who has allowed just five blasts in 51 1/3 innings, is 1-1 with a 4.22 ERA at home while going 2-1 with a 2.70 mark on the road. Taillon faces Tampa Bay for the first time and is 1-1 with a 2.39 ERA in four career interleague contests.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rays listed as 118-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total is sitting at 8.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are hanging around in the wide-open National League Central race despite being under .500 since mid-April, but can earn their second straight series victory when they host the Tampa Bay Rays in the rubber match of a three-game set Thursday. The Pirates (36-42), who are four games out of first place in the division, recorded four two-out RBIs to even the series with a 6-2 victory on Wednesday night.

Josh Bell snapped out of a mini-slump with a solo homer and scored twice Wednesday for Pittsburgh, which went 0-1-1 in its previous two series against division foes Milwaukee and St. Louis. Jameson Taillon makes his fourth start since returning from testicular cancer surgery (May 8) for the Pirates and will face fellow right-hander Chris Archer, who is second in the American League with 126 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings. The Rays have dropped three of their last four and left 11 runners on base in Wednesday’s loss, but Corey Dickerson continues to shine with three straight two-hit games to increase his major league-best total to 33 multi-hit contests. Tampa Bay’s Logan Morrison is still one shy of his career high of 23 homers (2011), but has hit safely in nine consecutive games.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 6-2 winner on the road against the Rays. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -111 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 6-2 loser on the road against the Pirates. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -111 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

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Tampa Bay:
Team record: 41-39 SU
Tampa Bay is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay’s last 8 games
Tampa Bay is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road

Pittsburgh:
Team record: 36-42 SU
Pittsburgh is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Baltimore Friday, June 30
Pittsburgh home to San Francisco Friday, June 30

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Tampa Bay will activate RHP Brad Boxberger (back) from the disabled list Thursday after designating RHP Danny Farquhar for assignment.

2. Pittsburgh CF Andrew McCutchen was 0-for-2 with two runs scored Wednesday and is batting .376 with six homers and 22 RBIs in June.

3. Rays SS Adeiny Hechavarria is 3-for-6 with a walk and two RBIs in his first two games since being acquired from Miami for two minor leaguers.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Tampa Bay Rays will win outright at -118 and the game will stay under 8 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Rays 4, Pirates 3 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
TB TEAM PIT
4.86 RUNS 4.26
4.63 RUNS AGNST 4.65
0.24 DIFF -0.40
$8 MONEY -$429
4.21 TEAM ERA 4.31
8.80 OFF HITS 8.22
3.66 OFF WALKS 3.45
9.79 OFF Ks 7.29
8.61 DEF HITS 9.38
3.28 DEF WALKS 2.81
8.11 DEF Ks 7.38
INJURIES
TAMPA BAY RAYS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Desmond Jennings OF 15-Day Disabled List
Oswaldo Arcia OF 15-Day Disabled List
PITTSBURGH PIRATES
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Chris Stewart C 15-Day Disabled List
Hung Ho Kang 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Gerrit Cole P 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
TAMPA BAY RAYS
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay’s last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Tampa Bay’s last 23 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH PIRATES
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Tampa Bay’s Overall Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Overall Defense 4.9 4 4.7 7
Tampa Bay’s Away Scoring vs Pittsburgh’s Home Defense 4.6 6 4.9 9
Tampa Bay’s Road ERA vs Pittsburgh’s Home ERA Allowed 4.5 8 3.3 14
Pittsburgh’s Overall Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Overall Defense 4.3 12 4.6 8
Pittsburgh’s Home Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Road Defense 3.8 13 5.0 11
Pittsburgh’s Home ERA vs Tampa Bay’s Road ERA Allowed 4.4 9 4.2 5
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
RAYS
Rays lead the league in walks with 3.6 per game.
Rays have the best hits allowed in the league, allowing 8.1 per game.
Rays are third in the league in striking out opponents with 8.1 per game.
PIRATES
Pirates are third worst in the league in times striking out with 8.2 per game.
Pirates have the second stingiest defence in the league at 3.6 runs per game.
Pirates are second best in the league in giving up hits, allowing 8.0 per game.
Pirates are third in the league in striking out opponents with 7.8 per game.

 

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