Tampa Bay Rays vs San Diego Padres 6/17/2023 – An electrifying matchup will occur as the Tampa Bay Rays return to PETCO Park to take on the San Diego Padres this Saturday. The Rays, who currently hold the coveted top spot in the entire MLB, boast an outstanding league-best record of 50-22. Meanwhile, the San Diego Padres, with a record of 33-36, are eager to bounce back after a tough loss to the Rays in the first game of their three-game series. The latest baseball betting trends favor the Tampa Bay Rays to win in this game.
Tampa Bay Rays vs San Diego Padres 6/17/2023
|When:||Saturday, June 17, 7:15 PM EDT|
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Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays continue their winning streak into a highly anticipated series against the San Diego Padres. The Rays are riding the momentum of back-to-back victories, with their most recent triumph being a nail-biting 4-3 win over the Athletics. Luke Raley stepped up with a crucial game-winning home run in the eighth inning, while Taj Bradley played a pivotal role in securing the victory from the mound.
On Saturday, the Rays will entrust the talented Zach Eflin to lead their pitching staff. Eflin has been spectacular this season, boasting an impressive 8-2 record and a remarkable ERA of 3.28. His consistent performances have been instrumental in Tampa Bay’s success.
Notably, the Rays have excelled offensively, ranking second in the league for runs scored per game while boasting the lowest allowed ones. Their well-rounded approach has propelled them to the forefront of the MLB standings. With six players on their roster having hit at least nine home runs this season, the Rays’ offensive firepower is a force to be reckoned with. Additionally, Issac Paredes leads the team with an impressive 46 RBI.
Tampa maintains their top record.
Recent statistics paint a vivid picture of the Rays’ offensive prowess. Over their last three games, they have scored a staggering 16 runs, surpassing the 4-run mark in seven out of their last nine outings. Remarkably, Tampa Bay has emerged victorious in all four games in which they have scored four or more runs. The trio of Wander Franco, Randy Arozarena, and Yandy Diaz has been instrumental in the Rays’ offensive dominance. Franco leads the team with an impressive 81 hits and 32 RBI, while Arozarena and Diaz have combined for an astounding 137 hits and 84 RBI.
As Zach Eflin takes the mound, he brings a track record of excellence. With an 8-2 record, a stellar 3.28 ERA, and 72 strikeouts this season, Eflin is a force to be reckoned with. Furthermore, he boasts a solid 2-2 record, a 3.38 ERA, and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.
Players to watch: Wander Franco SS (GP 67, AB 266, R 41, H 80, 2B 20, 3B 2, HR 8, RBI 32, TB 128, BB 24, SO 35, SB 22, AVG 0.301, OBP 0.361, SLG 0.481, OPS 0.842, WAR 3.8, Randy Arozarena LF (GP 68, AB 238, R 42, H 67, 2B 8, 3B 1, HR 12, RBI 44, TB 113, BB 41, SO 66, SB 9, AVG 0.282, OBP 0.402, SLG 0.475, OPS 0.877, WAR 2.3
San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres, currently holding a 33-35 record, are in the fourth position in the NL West standings. After securing two consecutive victories against the Cleveland Guardians earlier in the week, they fell short in an intense 8-6 battle, marking a game Ryan Weathers would like to put behind him. Weathers struggled on the mound, allowing seven hits and six runs in a little over one inning of play.
On the mound for the Padres will be the talented Blake Snell, boasting an ERA of 3.78 through nearly 70 innings pitched. Snell, a key asset to the Padres’ pitching rotation, will look to rebound and deliver a commanding performance against the Rays. Meanwhile, the Padres have faced unexpected challenges in their offensive production this season, ranking a surprising 29th in hits per game. Despite these struggles, Fernando Tatis Jr., a rising star, has shined with 14 home runs and 34 RBI in just 48 games, leading the Padres in both categories.
Padres improve with their offense.
Recent statistics, however, reveal a promising uptick in the Padres’ offensive output. Over their last three games, they have tallied an impressive 13 runs, with six of their last eight games resulting in them scoring four or more runs. The trio of Xander Bogaerts, Juan Soto, and Fernando Tatis Jr. has played a crucial role in igniting the Padres’ offense, combining 119 hits and 67 RBI. Bogaerts, in particular, leads the team with 64 hits and 24 RBI.
As Blake Snell takes the mound, he carries a season record of 2-6, accompanied by a solid 3.78 ERA and an impressive 81 strikeouts. Notably, this game will mark Snell’s first-ever encounter against his former team, the Tampa Bay Rays, adding an extra layer of intrigue to the matchup.
Players to watch: Jake Cronenworth 1B (GP 67, AB 239, R 28, H 51, 2B 9, 3B 4, HR 7, RBI 24, TB 89, BB 33, SO 61, SB 3, AVG 0.213, OBP 0.319, SLG 0.372, OPS 0.691, WAR 0.5, Xander Bogaerts SS (GP 63, AB 236, R 36, H 63, 2B 11, 3B 0, HR 7, RBI 23, TB 95, BB 28, SO 48, SB 7, AVG 0.267, OBP 0.349, SLG 0.403, OPS 0.752, WAR 1.8
Tampa Bay Rays vs San Diego Padres Betting Numbers
Tampa Bay Rays
Under is 4-0 in the Rays’ last four interleague games vs. a team with a losing record.
Under is 4-0 in Ray’s last four interleague road games vs. a team with a losing record.
Total Under is 4-0 in Ray’s last four interleague road games.
Under is 4-0 in Eflin’s last four starts vs. a team with a losing record.
Over is 5-0 in Ray’s last five games, with the total set at 11.0 or higher.
San Diego Padres
Under is 6-0 in Padre’s last 6 Saturday games.
Under is 6-0 in Padre’s last six interleague home games vs. a team with a winning record.
Total Under is 5-0 in Snell’s last five starts vs. a team with a winning record.
Under is 4-0 in Padre’s last four games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Under is 5-0 in Snell’s last five starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance.
Tampa Bay Rays vs San Diego Padres Betting Picks
The clash between the Padres and the Rays promises to be thrilling, with both teams vying for redemption in offensive firepower. The Tampa Bay Rays have the upper hand on both ends and will win this matchup, as the top MLB betting sites predicted.
Score Prediction: Rays 6, Padres 2.