Tampa Bay Rays vs San Diego Padres 6/18/2023 – The highly anticipated matchup between the Tampa Bay Rays and the San Diego Padres is set to take place on Sunday, June 18, at Petco Park. As the series currently stands at 1-1, both teams will be determined to secure a victory in the final game. In this comprehensive betting preview, we will analyze the recent performances of each team, examine key player statistics, delve into the pitching matchup, and provide an informed score prediction for the game. The MLB spread betting odds are updated online for bettors to place bets on their favorite teams.
Tampa Bay Rays vs San Diego Padres 6/18/2023
|When:||Sunday, June 18, 4:10 PM EDT|
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Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays have been in exceptional form this season, boasting an impressive 51-22 record. They are currently riding a three-game winning streak, with their latest triumph being a convincing 6-2 victory over the Padres in the series opener. The Rays have displayed their offensive prowess, hitting .248/.316/.411 in June, with 37 extra-base hits and 14 home runs in 496 at-bats. Equally impressive has been their pitching staff, which has maintained a 2.80 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and limited opponents to a .197 batting average during the month.
The Rays have yet to announce their starter.
The Rays have yet to announce their starting pitcher for Sunday’s game. However, they will likely rely on Yonny Chirinos, a 29-year-old right-hander who has impressed this season. Chirinos currently holds a 3-1 record, accompanied by an impressive 2.35 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and a 17/12 K/BB ratio in two starts and seven relief appearances spanning 38.1 innings pitched. In his last outing against the Athletics, Chirinos displayed his skill by pitching 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out two.
For the Rays, keep an eye on Adley Rutschman and Anthony Santander. Rutschman, the talented catcher, has been a consistent offensive force, boasting a batting average of .281, an on-base percentage of .390, and a slugging percentage of .438. Santander, the right fielder, has displayed his power, accumulating 20 doubles, one triple, and nine home runs while driving in 38 runs.
Players to watch: Wander Franco SS (GP 69, AB 275, R 41, H 81, 2B 20, 3B 2, HR 8, RBI 32, TB 129, BB 24, SO 37, SB 24, AVG 0.295, OBP 0.353, SLG 0.469, OPS 0.822, WAR 3.9, Randy Arozarena LF (GP 70, AB 246, R 43, H 69, 2B 8, 3B 1, HR 13, RBI 48, TB 118, BB 41, SO 70, SB 9, AVG 0.28, OBP 0.398, SLG 0.48, OPS 0.878, WAR 2.4
San Diego Padres
On the other hand, the San Diego Padres have shown signs of improvement at the plate, having won two consecutive series leading up to their encounter with the Rays. They achieved an 8-6 record in June, with a robust .264/.342/.465 slash line, 36 extra-base hits, and 19 home runs in 469 at-bats. Their pitching staff has also performed admirably, boasting a 3.22 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and limiting opponents to a .216 batting average during this period.
Joe Musgrove to start for San Diego.
Joe Musgrove, a 30-year-old right-handed pitcher, will take the mound for the Padres. Musgrove has shown consistency this season. He has a 4-2 record with a 4.37 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and a 47/14 K/BB ratio in nine starts, spanning 47.1 innings. Musgrove has been impressive in his last four starts, recording a 3-0 record with a stellar 1.93 ERA and a 2.59 FIP across 23.1 innings pitched. Musgrove secured a victory against the Cleveland Guardians in his most recent outing, surrendering three earned runs on seven hits over six innings.
The Padres feature standout players such as Dansby Swanson and Nico Hoerner. Swanson, the shortstop, has been a reliable contributor with a batting average of .271, an on-base percentage of .336, and a slugging percentage of .438. Hoerner, the second baseman, has been a versatile asset, hitting .295 with a .362 on-base percentage and a .420 slugging percentage while also showcasing excellent defense.
Players to watch: Jake Cronenworth 1B (GP 69, AB 246, R 28, H 52, 2B 9, 3B 4, HR 7, RBI 24, TB 90, BB 34, SO 64, SB 3, AVG 0.211, OBP 0.317, SLG 0.366, OPS 0.683, WAR 0.5, Xander Bogaerts SS (GP 65, AB 242, R 36, H 64, 2B 12, 3B 0, HR 7, RBI 24, TB 97, BB 30, SO 49, SB 8, AVG 0.264, OBP 0.35, SLG 0.401, OPS 0.751, WAR 1.9
Tampa Bay Rays vs San Diego Padres Betting Numbers
Tampa Bay Rays
Under is 4-0-1 in Ray’s last five interleague games.
Under is 3-0-1 in Ray’s last four interleague road games vs. a right-handed starter.
Total Under is 5-0-1 in Ray’s last six interleague games vs. a team with a losing record.
Under is 5-0-1 in Ray’s last six interleague road games vs. a team with a losing record.
Under is 5-0-1 in Ray’s last six interleague road games.
San Diego Padres
Under is 5-0-1 in Padre’s last six games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Padres are 0-4 in their last four after allowing two runs or less in their previous game.
Under is 7-0-1 in Padre’s last eight interleague home games vs. a team with a winning record.
Padres are 7-0 in their last 7 when their opponent allows two runs or less in their previous game.
Padres are 5-0 in their last five after scoring two runs or less in their previous game.
Tampa Bay Rays vs San Diego Padres Betting Picks
Considering the strong performances from both teams and the impressive pitching matchups, this game is poised to be a closely contested battle. The Rays have displayed their offensive firepower and solid pitching, while the Padres have improved their plate and solid pitching performances. Expect a low-scoring game with exceptional pitching on display. The Tampa Bay Rays are predicted to come out on top and win this game as per the online baseball betting predictions.
Score Prediction: Rays 3, Padres 2.