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

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TAMPA BAY RAYS CHICAGO CUBS
44-41, 3rd in American League East July 5, 2:20 PM | Grass of Wrigley Field 41-42, 2nd in National League Central
Tampa Bay at Chi. Cubs, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 2:20 PM ET, Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 2:20 p.m. ET, FSN Sun (Tampa Bay), CSN Chicago
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays LH Blake Snell (0-5, 5.36 ERA) vs. Cubs RH John Lackey (5-9, 5.24)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Tampa Bay Rays  [B. Snell -L] +1½ -145 +150 Ov 9 -130
Chicago Cubs [J. Lackey -R]  -1½ +125 -160 Un 9 +110
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The fans at Wrigley Field will be treated to a interleague game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago Cubs when they take their seats on Wednesday.

The Rays will pin their hopes on the pitching of left hander Blake Snell in this game. Snell has a 0-5 record and a 5.55 ERA this season.

Starting this game for the Cubs will be John Lackey. The right hander has a 5.24 ERA to go along with a 5-9 record this season.

Snell has lost three straight starts, and the Rays have dropped each of the last four games he has started. The 24-year-old has yet to record a quality start in nine outings this season and hasn’t made it through six innings since his season debut April 6. Snell is 1-7 with a 4.64 ERA in 14 career road starts.

Lackey has just one win in his last seven decisions and has posted only three quality starts in his last nine outings. The 38-year-old had his worst performance of the season last time out in a loss at Washington, allowing eight runs and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings. Lackey is 13-8 with a 4.00 ERA in 24 starts against the Rays, but he hasn’t faced them since 2014.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cubs listed as 160-moneyline favorites versus the Rays, while the game’s total is stiing at 9.

The Chicago Cubs are having a tough time recapturing the magic of their World Series run last fall. The Tampa Bay Rays hope to delay it for at least another day when they wrap up a two-game set with the host Cubs on Wednesday.

The Rays held on for a 6-5 win in Tuesday’s series opener and have won three of their last four. The Cubs have dropped five of their last seven games to slip a game below .500 and 3 1/2 games behind Milwaukee in the National League Central. “It just feels like we’re not clicking at the same time,” Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant told reporters. “We’ll figure it out. I think we have a great team here and great pitching staff and guys who really want to do well. When you have those ideas in your head, then things turn out the way you want them to.” The Cubs are 1-6 in interleague play this season after going 15-5 against the American League last season.

The Cubs were a 6-5 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rays. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at 126 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors.

Tampa Bay was a 6-5 winner in its last match on the road against the Cubs. They won as +126 underdogs, while the total score of 11 made winners of OVER bettors.

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Tampa Bay:
Team record: 44-41 SU
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Tampa Bay’s last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 7 games
Tampa Bay is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road

Chicago:
Team record: 41-42 SU
Chi Cubs is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Chi Cubs is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Chi Cubs’s last 17 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Boston Thursday, July 6
Chicago home to Milwaukee Thursday, July 6

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Cubs OF/2B Ian Happ is 8-for-24 during a six-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games.

2. Rays SS Adeiny Hechavarria is 9-for-23 in six games since being acquired from Miami.

3. Chicago OF Jon Jay has reached base in his last 14 starts at home.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Chicago Cubs will win outright at -160 and the game will go over 9 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Cubs 7, Rays 6 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
TB TEAM CHC
4.85 RUNS 4.57
4.62 RUNS AGNST 4.41
0.22 DIFF 0.16
$137 MONEY -$1,820
4.21 TEAM ERA 4.00
8.82 OFF HITS 8.04
3.62 OFF WALKS 3.84
9.76 OFF Ks 8.58
8.59 DEF HITS 8.02
3.22 DEF WALKS 3.41
8.07 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 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Tampa Bay’s last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 7 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
CHICAGO CUBS
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Chi Cubs’s last 17 games
Chi Cubs are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs’s last 8 games at home
Chi Cubs are 3-6 SU in their last 9 games at home
Chi Cubs are 15-8 SU in their last 23 games at home
Chi Cubs are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
Chi Cubs are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Tampa Bay’s Overall Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Overall Defense 4.9 5 4.4 4
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 9 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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