Pittsburgh Pirates at Tampa Bay Rays - 6/26/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates at Tampa Bay Rays - 6/26/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays (39-32) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (29-42)

Game Info: Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 1:40 pm (Tropicana Field)

Shane McClanahan (7-3) (1.81) vs Roansy Contreras (1-1) (2.89)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -175 / Pittsburgh Pirates +130 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays face off on Sunday in an MLB showdown at Tropicana Field. The Rays have won the first two games of this series by a run each. On Saturday it took two runs in the 9th inning to secure the victory. 

The Pirates sit with a 29-42 record overall and all season it’s been close games that have seemed to be a problem for this team. Two series ago against the Cubs the offense was strong and that led to them winning three of four. Overall the Pirates are averaging 3.67 runs per game which is 28th in the league. The Pirates have a few players that have over 20 runs driven in, but no one more than 25, and star power is an issue for this team. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Rays who sit with a 39-32 record overall and they have won three of their last four games. The Rays offense has been inconsistent, but it’s been the pitching that they have leaned on all season. The Rays are giving up 3.82 runs per game which is 5th in the league. The top offensive player has been Ji-Man Choi and he has hit six home runs and driven in 34 RBIs. 

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On the mound for the Pirates is Roansy Contreras and he sits with a 2-1 record and an ERA of 2.89. In his last start against the Chicago Cubs, he went five innings giving up four hits and one run. 

On the mound for the Rays is Shane McClanahan who sits with a 7-3 record and an ERA of 1.81. In his last start, he went six innings giving up four hits and one run. 

The Pirates are 0-5 in their last five games on Astroturf. The under is 5-0-1 in McClanahan's last six Sunday starts. The under is 5-0 in McClanahan's last 5 starts after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game.

The trends point towards the under, and runs are going to be very hard to come by in this game for both teams. McClanahan is coming off a game where he gave up only one run and Contreras gave up only one run in the last game. Both of these offenses aren’t great, and the under is going to cash. 

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