Marlins vs. Rays Friday Prediction
The Tampa Bay Rays had a solid first half and have an opportunity to start fast following the All-Star Break when they host the last-place Miami Marlins at 7:10 p.m. ET. Will the Rays cash on the runline?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, July 20, 2018
7:10 p.m. ET, Tropicana Field
TV: MIA (FSFL); TB (FS SUN)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Rays as a -165 favorite. As of this writing, 81% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Rays to beat the Marlins 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.
Marlins' Straily allows two runs in six innings vs. Brewers
Dan Straily surrendered two runs (one earned) in six innings and had to settle for a no-decision against the Brewers on Wednesday. He gave up an RBI-double to Jesus Aguilar in the first inning and a run-scoring single to Christian Yelich in the third. He allowed just two other hits and two walks while fanning seven in the quality start. The veteran right-hander's record holds at 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 14 starts.
Rays' Eovaldi rocked in loss to Twins
Nathan Eovaldi was rocked for eight runs in just 2 2/3 innings in a loss to the Twins on Friday. You think the Rays wish they traded him already? After flirting with a perfect game in his most recent start against the Mets, Eovaldi allowed four runs on six hits in the first inning alone on Friday. Keep in mind that he had allowed just two runs in his previous three starts combined. His ERA jumped from 3.35 to 4.59 with the clunker. It was an outing to forget for him, but there’s still a lot to like with what he’s shown so far. He could still be a useful trade chip for the Rays assuming he puts this behind him.
MLB Betting Trends
The Marlins played well before the All-Star Break, winning five of their last seven games overall.
The Rays are just 2-6 in Eovaldi's last eight starts.
Even though the Rays have struggled with Eovaldi on the hill, I still like Tampa Bay to take Game 1. The Rays are 17-4 in their last 21 home games, are 7-2 in their last nine games coming off a loss, and are 15-7 in their last 22 games overall. On the other side, the Marlins are just 2-7 in Straily's last nine starts and are winless in his last four road outings.
The Pick: Tampa Bay Rays -1.5