Right now the Tampa Bay Rays are in a very close race in the American League East division, and today, they’ll kick off a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. These two teams arrive in very different forms, and while their records might be complete opposites, the pitching matchup is going to be a very exciting one to watch.
The Rays have won 5 of their last 6 games, but despite how close they are with the Red Sox and the Blue Jays in the standings, they are still 15 games behind the New York Yankees. On the other hand, the Cincinnati Reds most recently split a double-header against the. Pittsburgh Pirates, and they are holding the 2nd-worst record in the league with 29-54.
Shane McClanahan is making his 17th start for the Tampa Bay Rays this season. The 25-year-old lefty is one of the hottest pitchers in the league, and if he can keep things up, he might end up winning the American League Cy Young award. In all of his 16 starts, McClanahan hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs, which is really impressive. But he isn’t alone as the Rays offense scored a total of 15 runs across 2 games against the Boston Red Sox recently.
The Cincinnati Reds will answer back with Luis Castillo, who is having a really good season with his team so far. Throughout 11 starts, Castillo holds a 3-4 record, a 3.09 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 64 innings pitched. In his last 2 starts, he allowed only 1 run across 13 innings. Cincinnati’s main issue is not going to be their pitching, but their offense. The Reds rank are #25 in OPS with .682, luckily for them, Tyler Naquin is looking great as he recorded 2 hits with a homer in yesterday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Tampa Bay Rays vs Cincinnati Reds Game Information
- Date: 07/08/2022
- Time: 06:40 PM ET
- Location: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati.
- How to Watch Rays vs Reds ESPN+
- Live Stream: MLB.TV
Rays vs Reds Betting Lines
Rays are -170 according to our Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $58. On the other side, Reds are +150 according to the Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $150.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Rays at a 62.96% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Reds have 40.00% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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