The Chicago Cubs are in an unprecedented slump. After dropping four of the last five games and being swept by Cincinnati over the weekend, now they face an unstoppable Tampa Bay Rays squad, in game two of the series, which are considered by far to be baseball’s best team – not an easy test for their struggling opponents who must contend with stellar starting pitcher Shane McClanahan of Tampa Bay’s squad.
On Monday night at Wrigley Field, the two teams squared off for an exciting first game of the series where the home side managed to beat the number 1 ranked team in MLB by 1-0.
Tampa Bay Rays were in prime form, outscoring opponents 110 to 108 this season and going 16-11 in May and 39-17 overall. Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs have struggled this month and currently have a 23-30 overall record; losing to Cincinnati on Sunday just compounded their recent struggles.
Even with weak offensive production, the Chicago Cubs’ pitching staff has held their own this season. Their 4.30 ERA and 1.27 WHIP rank middle of the pack in the league while their 8.60 K/BB ratio (16th overall) helps balance things out.
Kyle Hendricks will start on the mound for the Cubs in this game. With an average ERA of 6.23, a WHIP of 1.85 and 5 strikeouts in just 2 appearances so far this season.
Tampa Bay has fared much better on the road this season, having a record of 13-11 away from home, and will need to bring their best game against Wrigley Field if they hope to pull off victory, after losing the first game on Monday.
For the Rays, Shane McClanahan will start, with a record of 8-0, an ERA of 1.07, a WHIP of 1.13 and 75 strikeouts. Chicago has shown itself capable of defeating the 1st placed team in the majors, so fans will hope they can do this again on Tuesday.
Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago Cubs Game Information
- Date: 05/30/2023
- Time: 08:05 PM ET
- Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois.
- How to Watch: Rays vs Cubs MLB.TV
- Live Stream: MLB.TV
Rays vs Cubs Betting Lines
Rays are -185 according to our Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $54. On the other side, Cubs are +165 according to the Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $165.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Rays at a 64.91% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Cubs have 37.74% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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