Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago Cubs: 4/18/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (5-4) vs Tampa Bay Rays (5-5)

Game Info: Monday, April 18, 2022 at 7:40 pm (Wrigley Field)

Kyle Hendricks (0-1) (7.00) vs Shane McClanahan (0-1) (3.00)

Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs +120 / Tampa Bay Rays -130 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Tampa Bay Rays will visit the Chicago Cubs in the first game of their series in the National League Central division versus American League East matchup from Wrigley Field on Monday night. The weather is expected to be very humid with a 47.8% chance of rain and 18.1 mile per hour winds.

The Chicago Cubs are coming off of a 2 run win against the Colorado Rockies in their last game. Seiya Suzuki hit his fourth home run, extending an impressive start to his major league career with the win. The series ended at 2-2 in a tie.

Drew Smyly got the start for the Chicago Cubs in this one. He has a 0 ERA, with 5 strikes and a .83 whip.  He struck out four in 4 2/3 innings and left after a single by Yonathan Daza put runners on first and second with two outs before he called it a night.

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Chicago Cubs right-hander, Kyle Hendricks will be the starter for this one. This season he has a 7 ERA, with 11 strikes and a 2.11 whip.

The Tampa Bay Rays are coming off of a 6 run win against the Chicago White Sox in their last game.  Randy Arozarena doubled twice and finished with three hits to secure the win for the Rays. The series ended at 2-1 in favor of the White Sox. 

J.P. Feyereisen got the start for the Tampa Bay Rays in this one. He has a 0 ERA, with 7 strikes and a .38 whip. Feyereisen was perfect through the first two innings, striking out three, in his first start as a pro. Beeks and Thompson also allowed no one to reach base in relief. 

Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Shane McClanahan will be the starter for this one. This season he has a 3 ERA, with 15 strikes and a 1.22 whip.

The Cubs are 5-12 in their last 17 after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous games and are 10-25 in their last 35 home games. The Rays are 5-1 in their last 6 interleague games vs. a team with a winning record. The Rays are 24-6 in their last 30 interleague games as a favorite and are 4-1 in their last 5 interleague road games. After a poor series against the White Sox. The Rays need to come to the other side of Chicago and get a win. I like the Rays here to turn it around and start the series right.

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