Rays vs. Giants Friday Prediction
The Giants will host the Rays in their home-opener at 4:35 p.m. ET on Friday and given the pitching matchup, can bettors bank on a low-scoring game?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, April 5, 2019
4:35 p.m. ET, Oracle Park, San Francisco, CA
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Rays are -135 favorites. As of this writing, 51% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Giants to beat the Rays on the moneyline.
This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Tampa Bay Rays Fantasy Spin
Tommy Pham held up his end of the bargain by contributing two hits in Wednesday’s loss to the visiting Rockies. On a day where pitching reigned supreme, Pham paced the Rays with two singles and a walk. He was the only batter in Tampa Bay’s lineup to produce more than one hit. Wednesday extended Pham’s on-base streak to 39 games, tying the franchise mark set by Johnny Damon in 2011. The 31-year-old has struck out eight times already and is still looking for his first extra-base hit of 2019, though he’s made his fantasy presence felt with three steals in the early going.
San Francisco Giants Fantasy Spin
Brandon Belt went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the Giants’ loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday. Belt connected on an 87-mph hanging slider from Dodgers’ starter Ross Stripling, launching a 402-foot blast to right-center field in the fourth inning. The 30-year-old veteran first baseman is hitting only .217/.280/.522 with seven strikeouts and only one walk in 25 plate appearances so far. He would be a much more attractive fantasy option if he wasn’t buried in an extremely pitcher-friendly home ballpark in San Francisco.
MLB Betting Trends
The Rays are 9-3 in their last 12 road games and have won 11 of their last 13 games following a loss.
The Giants are 1-7 in Dereck Rodriguez’s last eight starts and are winless in his last five home outings.
This Giants offense is a shell of its former self. Belt is off to a nice start but the rest of the lineup is filled with veterans on the backside of their careers, or no-names that San Francisco is trotting out there in the midst of a rebuild. The under is 7-1 in the last eight meetings between these two teams and is 12-4 in Rodriguez’s last 16 starts overall. I don’t expect much offensive fireworks today at Oracle Park, which is a pure pitcher’s park.
The Pick: Rays/Giants under 7