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MLB Odds: Rays vs. Brewers

Interleague play continues tonight as the Tampa Bay Rays travel to Milwaukee for the opener of a three-game set with the Brewers.

Jeff Niemann (1-4, 5.74) returns from the DL to make his first start for Tampa Bay since May, while Chris Narveson (4-4, 4.48) will head to the mound for Milwaukee. In his last start on May 4 against Toronto Niemann allowed three runs on six hits in four innings. Narveson faced the Cubs last time out and gave up four runs on six hits in 5 1-3 innings.

View Tampa Bay vs Milwaukee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Milwaukee opened as -145 moneyline favorites in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 9.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 3-rated Brewers and the league No. 10-ranked Rays, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Milwaukee's National League No. 5-ranked scoring average of 4.4 runs per game, against a Rays offense rated No. 10 and scoring 4.1 runs per game in the league. The Brewers have averaged 8.5 hits per game to date this season, more than the Rays hitters have managed (8.1 per nine innings).

Defensively, Tampa Bay features the American League's No. 7-rated defense on the road, allowing 4 runs per game. Milwaukee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the National League at home, scoring 5.3 runs per game.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Marlins at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Rays at -200 were rewarded, while the 3 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Rays hope for a dominant pitching performance similar to their last game when James Shields struck out 10 batters in 2-1 victory on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Milwaukee was a 12-3 loser in its last match on the road against the Red Sox. They lost as +107 underdogs, while the total score of 15 made winners of OVER bettors. The Brewers endured a 12-3 loss at the hands of the Red Sox on Sunday, with Yovani Gallardo throwing 3 innings of 9-hit ball at Fenway Park.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Milwaukee are 2-1
After playing Florida are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Milwaukee Brewers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Tampa Bay are 1-2
After playing Boston are 2-6
After a loss are 8-2

A few Rays at Brewers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games
Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 6 games
Milwaukee is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games at home
Milwaukee is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Milwaukee, Tuesday, June 21