Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago Cubs, Tuesday, MLB Baseball Odds, Las Vegas Sports Betting, Picks, Predictions

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TAMPA BAY RAYS CHICAGO CUBS
43-41, 3rd in American League East July 4, 2:20 PM | Grass of Wrigley Field 41-41, 2nd in National League Central
Tampa Bay at Chi. Cubs, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 2:20 PM ET, Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 2:20 p.m. ET, FSN Sun (Tampa Bay), WGN (Chicago)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays RH Chris Archer (6-5, 3.92 ERA) vs. Cubs LH Jon Lester (5-4, 3.69)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Tampa Bay Rays [C. Archer -R] +1½ -180 +125 Ov 7½ +110
Chicago Cubs [J. Lester -L] -1½ +160 -135 Un 7½ -130
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The Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago Cubs will both be trying to pick up a win on Tuesday when they battle at Wrigley Field in an interleague contest.

The Rays will pin their hopes on the pitching of right hander Chris Archer in this game. Archer has a 6-5 record and a 4.00 ERA this season.

Meanwhile, it’ll be Jon Lester who starts for the Cubs. Left hander Lester is 5-4 with a 3.69 ERA so far this season.

Archer took a tough-luck loss last time out, allowing three runs and eight hits over six innings in a 4-0 defeat. The 28-year-old has pitched at least six innings in eight straight starts and 12 of his last 13. Archer has faced the Cubs only once, in 2014, and allowed two runs (one earned) over six innings in a no-decision.

Lester has recorded four straight quality starts with the Cubs winning all four games. The 33-year-old limited a potent Washington lineup to one run and three hits over six innings last time out, striking out seven. Lester is 13-9 with a 4.08 ERA in 28 starts against the Rays, most recently in 2014.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cubs listed as 141-moneyline favorites versus the Rays, while the game’s total is sitting at 8.

Manager Joe Maddon squares off against his former team for the first time when the Chicago Cubs host the Tampa Bay Rays for a two-game series beginning Tuesday. Maddon managed the Rays from 2006-14 and led Tampa Bay to the 2008 World Series before leaving for Chicago and helping the Cubs break their 108-year championship drought last season.

Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer, who was in the Cubs’ minor-league system in 2009 and 2010, takes the mound in the opener and he has been widely considered a potential trade target for Chicago. Chicago’s starting pitching has been shaky for most the season, but Tuesday’s starter, left-hander Jon Lester, has been the most reliable member of the rotation. The Cubs, who have played 17 of their last 20 games on the road, will enjoy the next six at home going into the All-Star break. Chicago is 22-16 at home compared with 19-25 on the road. The Rays are wrapping up an eight-game road trip and have split the first six contests.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 6-2 winner as they battled the Reds on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cubs at -156 were rewarded, while the 8 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 7-1 result against the Orioles on July 02. Bettors who backed the Orioles at -130 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

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Tampa Bay:
Team record: 43-41 SU
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Tampa Bay’s last 23 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games on the road

Chicago:
Team record: 41-41 SU
Chi Cubs is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Chi Cubs is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi Cubs’s last 10 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Chicago Wednesday, July 5

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. The Rays have hit back-to-back home runs a franchise-record 11 times, the most in the majors.

2. Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo has reached base in 23 of his last 25 starts.

3. Chicago is 35-1 when leading entering the ninth inning, while closer Wade Davis has converted all 16 save chances this season and 22 straight dating to last September.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Chicago Cubs will win outright at -135 and the game will stay under 7½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

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

SMART CHART
TB TEAM CHC
4.83 RUNS 4.56
4.62 RUNS AGNST 4.39
0.21 DIFF 0.17
$11 MONEY -$1,684
4.20 TEAM ERA 3.99
8.82 OFF HITS 8.00
3.63 OFF WALKS 3.82
9.77 OFF Ks 8.55
8.56 DEF HITS 8.01
3.19 DEF WALKS 3.41
8.04 DEF Ks 8.78
INJURIES
TAMPA BAY RAYS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Desmond Jennings OF 15-Day Disabled List
Oswaldo Arcia OF 15-Day Disabled List
CHICAGO CUBS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Pedro Strop P 15-Day Disabled List
Dallas Beeler P 15-Day Disabled List
Aaron Brooks P 15-Day Disabled List
Zac Rosscup P 60-Day Disabled List
Kyle Schwarber OF 15-Day Disabled List
Christian Villanueva 3B 60-Day Disabled List
Chris Coghlan OF 15-Day Disabled List
Joe Smith P 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
TAMPA BAY RAYS
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Tampa Bay’s last 23 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
CHICAGO CUBS
Chi Cubs are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi Cubs’s last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs’s last 7 games at home
Chi Cubs are 11-5 SU in their last 16 games at home
Chi Cubs are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Tampa Bay’s Overall Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Overall Defense 4.8 5 4.4 3
Tampa Bay’s Away Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Home Defense 4.6 5 4.4 6
Tampa Bay’s Road ERA vs Chi Cubs’s Home ERA Allowed 4.4 8 4.4 7
Chi Cubs’s Overall Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Overall Defense 4.6 11 4.6 7
Chi Cubs’s Home Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Road Defense 4.8 7 5.0 11
Chi Cubs’s Home ERA vs Tampa Bay’s Road ERA Allowed 4.0 6 4.2 6
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.
CUBS
Cubs are second lowest scoring team in the league at 3.7 runs per game.
Cubs have the second worst hits stat in the league at 8.1 per game.
Cubs give up the most free passes in the league allowing 3.3 per game

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