Rays vs Reds Prediction - MLB Picks 4/18/23

Cincinnati Reds (7-9) vs Tampa Bay Rays (14-3)

Game Info: Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 6:40 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Nick Lodolo (2-0) (2.12) vs Taj Bradley (1-0) (5.40)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Reds -110 / Tampa Bay Rays -110 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Rays will play the Cincinnati Reds in Game 2 of their series on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Rays Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 14-3 this season and they have lost three of their last four games. Prior to losing Game 1 of this series, Tampa Bay lost two out of three games against Toronto. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 2.88 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP, and a .200 opponent batting average this year. The Rays offense has scored 115 runs with a .277 batting average and a .351 on base percentage. Randy Arozarena is batting .306 with three home runs and 17 RBI’s for the Rays. The projected starting pitcher for Tampa Bay is Taj Bradley, who is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 5.0 innings pitched this season.

Reds Preview

The Cincinnati Reds are 7-9 this season and they have lost five of their last eight games. Cincinnati won Game 1 of this series by a score of 8-1 on Monday night. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a 4.94 ERA, a 1.57 WHIP, and a .281 opponent batting average. The Reds offense has scored 82 runs with a .250 batting average and a .336 on base percentage this season. Spencer Steer is batting .320 with two home runs and six RBI’s for the Reds. The projected starting pitcher for Cincinnati is Nick Lodolo, who is 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP over 17.0 innings pitched this year. 

Trends

Tampa Bay is 14-3 in their last 17 games and 8-3 in their last 11 Tuesday games. The over is 4-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 5 game two’s of a series. Cincinnati is 20-41 in their last 61 Tuesday games and 4-8 in their last 12 games. The under is 5-2 in Cincinnati’s last 7 Tuesday games. Tampa Bay is 0-5 in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings in Cincinnati. 

Pick

The Rays have struggled over their last few games after starting the season as the hottest team in baseball. Cincinnati has alternated wins and losses over their last six games and they have a 5.21 team ERA so far this year. Cincinnati is starting Nick Lodolo, who has allowed four earned runs over 17.0 innings pitched this year. The Rays will turn to Taj Bradley, who allowed three earned runs over 5.0 innings pitched against Boston in his only start this year. I like Tampa Bay on the road in this game. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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