Rays vs. Braves MLB Prediction
Interleague play heads to Atlanta this weekend where the Braves will open a new series against the Rays at 7:20 p.m. ET on Friday night. The Rays have had issues with the Braves in previous meetings but will that be the case this weekend?
933 Tampa Bay Rays (+105) at 934 Atlanta Braves (-125); o/u 8.5
7:20 p.m. ET, July 16, 2021
Truist Park, Atlanta, GA
Tampa Bay Rays DFS Notes
Rays manager Kevin Cash said Thursday that Tyler Glasnow (elbow) has begun playing catch "lightly." Glasnow remains a longshot to return before the end of the regular season after being diagnosed last month with a flexor strain and a partial tear of the UCL in his right elbow, but it's not completely out of the question and the 27-year-old ace is going to try his best to make it happen. Glasnow had pitched to a 2.66 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 123/27 K/BB ratio in 88 innings (14 starts) before landing on the IL.
Atlanta Braves DFS Notes
Braves acquired OF Joc Pederson from the Cubs in exchange for 1B Bryce Ball. Pederson was signed to a one-year deal with the Cubs with an option for 2022 in the offseason, and he's homered 11 times in 73 games while hitting .230/.300/.418 over 256 at-bats. He's going to be the replacement for Ronald Acuña Jr. -- at least against right-handed pitching -- with Acuña out for the remainder of the 2021 season with a torn ACL. The power is nice, but Pederson is going to hurt in the average category and doesn't help with steals, so there's a lot of bitter with the better.
Rays vs. Braves MLB Betting Prediction
The Rays have dropped four of five in Atlanta and 10 of their last 11 road games overall. The Rays are also 1-5 in their last six games as a road underdog, are 2-10 in their last 12 games following a loss and are winless over their last six road games when facing a right-handed starter. The Braves, meanwhile, are 5-1 in their last six games coming off a loss, have won four of their last five games at home and are 5-1 in their last six home games when facing a team with a winning record.
MLB BETTING PREDICTION: ATLANTA BRAVES -125