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Tampa Bay Rays visit St. Louis Cardinals in MLB Betting Odds Clash

The St. Louis Cardinals get a visit from the Tampa Bay Rays in MLB baseball betting action on Friday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

The St. Louis Cardinals will turn to Michael Wacha and his 9-6 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Tampa Bay Rays send Jake Odorizzi (6-7) to the hill.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

St. Louis was a -151 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at 5Dimes pick an opening over under number of 9.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 4.9-3.1 win for the Cardinals on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Tampa Bay Rays vs St. Louis Cardinals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The St. Louis Cardinals bring a 64-63 record to the battle against the 63-66 Rays. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

According to MLB Power Rankings here, it's the No. 6-ranked St. Louis Cardinals and the No. 19-rated Tampa Bay Rays in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the St. Louis Cardinals No. 16-ranked scoring average of 4.72 runs per game, against a Tampa Bay Rays offense rated No. 25 and scoring 4.28 runs per game. The Cardinals have averaged 8.87 hits per game to date this season, more than the Rays hitters have managed (8.31 per nine innings).

Defensively, Tampa Bay features the No. 15-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.76 runs per game. St. Louis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 18 at home, scoring 4.49 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Tampa Bay threw a shutout at Toronto in their last outing, using a shutdown performance by A Cobb to defeat Toronto 2-0 on Thursday.

The Cardinals were saddled with a loss last time out in C Martinez's start, as they lost 4-3 against San Diego on Thursday at New Busch Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Tampa Bay's last 21 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • St. Louis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 13 of St. Louis's last 17 games
  • St. Louis is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay at St. Louis, Saturday, August 26th