Philadelphia Phillies vs Tampa Bay Rays Betting Preview
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