Tampa Bay Rays vs Philadelphia Phillies Odds
Philadelphia's pitching staff and batting order hope to create an unwelcoming environment in interleague play on Sunday when the Tampa Bay Rays pay a visit to Citizens Bank Park.
It's a pitching duel between Cliff Lee for the Phillies (0-3 on the year) and Alex Cobb for Tampa Bay (3-3 so far).
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 6-ranked Phillies and the American League No. 3-rated Rays in this matchup.
How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Philadelphia and its National League No. 8-rated batting order, averaging 4.3 runs per nine innings, against the American League's No. 7 lineup of the Rays at 4.3 runs per outing.
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Philadelphia has the National League's No. 9-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rays own the American League's No. 5 mark in runs allowed.
Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 7-6 loser as they battled the Phillies on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Phillies at +130 were rewarded, while the 13 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Tampa Bay suffered a 7-6 loss against Philadelphia on Saturday, as James Shields wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Citizens Bank Park.
A few Rays at Phillies trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 2-5-1 SU in its last 8 games ,when playing Philadelphia
Tampa Bay is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games ,
Tampa Bay is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games ,on the road
Tampa Bay is 0-4-1 SU in its last 5 games ,when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Philadelphia5-0-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Philadelphia is 6-13-1 SU in its last 20 games ,
Philadelphia is 3-7-1 SU in its last 11 games ,at home
Tampa Bay at Kansas City, Monday, June 25
Philadelphia home to Pittsburgh, Monday, June 25