Braves vs. Rays Tuesday Prediction
The Atlanta Braves were hot before being swept at home by the Giants over the weekend. Losers of three straight, will they get back on track Tuesday night when they visit the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:10 p.m. ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
7:10 p.m. ET, Tropicana Field
TV: ATL (FSSO); TB (FS SUN)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Rays as a -130 favorite. As of this writing, 59% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Braves 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.
Braves' Newcomb strikes out eight over seven shutout innings
Sean Newcomb punched out eight batters while firing seven shutout frames in a 7-0 win over the Mets on Wednesday. He looked like a true ace in this one, allowing just two singles and one walk while retiring 21 of the 24 batters he faced. He threw 97 pitches and 70 of them were strikes. The second-year pitcher has all the potential in the world if he can limit his walks, which he did in this one. He improves to 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA after six starts. He has 42 strikeouts and 15 walks in 34 2/3 innings.
Rays' Snell throws another quality start
Blake Snell gave up five hits and two runs over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday as the Rays fell to the Tigers in extra innings. Snell tallied four strikeouts and only yielded one free pass over his 86 pitches. The left-hander didn’t allow a run until the fifth inning when John Hicks scored from third on a Dixon Machado groundout. The Tigers got to Snell again in the seventh, this time on a solo home run by James McCann. Wednesday’s no-decision extended Snell’s unbeaten streak to five starts. He’ll take an elite 2.55 ERA into his next outing Wednesday against Atlanta
MLB Betting Trends
The Braves are 5-0 in their last five road games and are 4-1 in their last five games against the American League East.
The under is 7-2 in the last nine meetings between these two teams in Tampa and is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings overall.
The Rays have been profitable when Snell takes the mound. They're 5-1 in his last six home starts, are 4-1 in his last five outings overall, and are 5-2 in his last seven starts coming off five days of rest. The Braves, meanwhile, are 2-6 in their last eight interleague games and are 3-11 in their last 14 games when facing an opponent with a losing record.
The Pick: Tampa Bay Rays -130