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Marlins vs Rays Baseball Game Preview

Miami MarlinsTampa Bay Rays
June 16, 7:15 PM | TurfTropicana Field

Miami Marlins vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds

32-32TEAM RECORD36-28

Miami travels to Tampa Bay for inter-league play on Saturday, hoping to secure a victory over the Rays.

James Shields gets the call for the Tampa Bay Rays and he will try to build on a 7-4 mark. In the other dugout, Anibal Sanchez brings a 3-5 ledger to the game for the Marlins as he tries to quiet the Rays bats.

View Miami vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Rays in this one, they're listed as moneyline favorites of -125 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 3-rated Rays and the league No. 13-ranked Marlins, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 8-rated American League offense, averaging 4.4 runs per game, against a Marlins defense that ranks No. 10 in the National League at 4.4 in runs allowed per game. The Rays have averaged 7.7 hits per game so far, less than Marlins batters have averaged on the year (8 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Miami owns the National League's No. 4-rated road mark, allowing 3.6 runs per game on the highway. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, rates No. 9 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 11-0 loser as they battled the Rays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rays at -149 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Miami was scored on plenty on Friday, falling behind early and watching runners cross the plate all game in a 11-0 loss to Tampa Bay.

Miami Marlins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Tampa Bay are 2-8
After playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Miami are 5-5
After playing Miami are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Marlins at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games on the road
Miami is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Miami's last 24 games on the road
Miami is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games at home
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Miami
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Miami

Next up:
Miami at Tampa Bay, Sunday, June 17