Tampa Bay Rays at Cincinnati Reds - 7/8/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays at Cincinnati Reds - 7/8/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds (28-54) vs Tampa Bay Rays (45-37)

Game Info: Friday, July 8, 2022 at 6:40 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Luis Castillo (3-4) (3.09) vs Shane McClanahan (9-3) (1.74)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Reds +140 / Tampa Bay Rays -165 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Rays will play the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of their series at Great American Ball Park on Friday night.

The Tampa Bay Rays are 45-37 this season and have won five of their last six games. Tampa Bay is coming off of a series win against Boston, where they won two out of the three games played in the series. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 3.29 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and a .226 opponent batting average this season. The Rays offense has scored 340 runs with a .238 batting average and a .303 on base percentage. Randy Arozarena is batting .258 with nine home runs and 39 RBI’s for the Rays this season. The projected starter for Tampa Bay is Shane McClanahan, who is 9-3 with a 1.74 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP over 98.1 innings pitched this season.

The Cincinnati Reds are 28-54 this season and have lost three of their last five games. Cincinnati is coming off of a series split against Pittsburgh, where they won one game and lost one game in a doubleheader on Thursday. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a 5.39 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a .258 opponent batting average. The Reds offense has scored 350 runs with a .238 batting average and a .307 on base percentage this year. Brandon Drury is batting .269 with 17 home runs and 47 RBI’s for the Reds this season. The projected starter for Cincinnati is Luis Castillo, who is 3-4 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 64 innings pitched this season.

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Tampa Bay is 5-1 in their last 6 games and 1-7 in their last 8 game one’s of a series. The over is 3-1-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 5 Friday games. Cincinnati is 2-5 in their last 7 game one’s of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 interleague home games. The under is 5-2 in Cincinnati’s last 7 Friday games. The over is 4-0 in these two teams last 4 head to head meetings.

Cincinnati has had a busy week where they played a series against the Mets, played a doubleheader on Thursday against Pittsburgh, and now have to play a tough Tampa Bay team. Cincinnati will turn to Luis Castillo, who has allowed one run in his last 13 innings of work. Tampa Bay will go with Shane McClanahan, who has allowed one run or fewer in each of his last five starts. I like the under in this game with these two pitchers.

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