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Ricky Nolasco, Alex Cobb take mound in Rays vs Marlins tilt

Florida MarlinsTampa Bay Rays
June 18, 7:10 PM | TurfTropicana Field

Florida Marlins vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds

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The Florida Marlins will look to grab an inter-league road victory when they take on the Rays in Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field on Saturday in baseball action.

The match puts starter Ricky Nolasco for the Marlins on the hill facing Alex Cobb for the Rays. Nolasco brings a 4-2 mark to the game, while Cobb is 1-0 to date on the season.

View Florida vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Rays as -130 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8.5 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 10-rated Rays and the league No. 7-ranked Marlins, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Tampa Bay's American League No. 10-ranked scoring average of 4.1 runs per game, against a Marlins offense rated No. 12 and scoring 3.9 runs per game in the league. The Rays have averaged 8.1 hits per game to date this season, less than the Marlins hitters have managed (8.4 per nine innings).

Defensively, Florida features the National League's No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.8 runs per game. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 in the American League at home, scoring 3.1 runs per game.

Last time out for Florida, they were a 5-1 loser as they battled the Rays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rays at -140 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Marlins endured a 5-1 loss at the hands of the Rays on Friday, with Brad Hand throwing 4 2/3 innings of 3-hit ball at Tropicana Field.

Florida Marlins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After a loss are 1-9

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Florida are 2-8
After playing Florida are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

A few Marlins at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida's last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Florida is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games when playing Tampa Bay
Florida is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Florida is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games at home
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Florida
Tampa Bay is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games when playing Florida

Next up:
Florida at Tampa Bay, Sunday, June 19

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