Pirates vs Rays Prediction - MLB Picks 5/2/23

Tampa Bay Rays (23-6) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (20-9)

Game Info: Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at 6:40 pm (Tropicana Field)

Javy Guerra (0-0) (8.64) vs Roansy Contreras (3-1) (3.58)

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The Pittsburgh Pirates will play the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of their series on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Pirates Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 20-9 this season and they have won four of their last five games. Pittsburgh is coming off of a series win against Washington, where they won two out of three games. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 3.55 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, and a .240 opponent batting average this season. The Pirates offense has scored 156 runs with a .264 batting average and a .343 on base percentage. Bryan Reynolds is batting .320 with five home runs and 23 RBI’s for the Pirates. The projected starting pitcher for Pittsburgh is Roansy Contreras, who is 3-1 with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP over 27.2 innings pitched this year. 

Rays Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 23-6 this season and they have won three of their last four games. Tampa Bay is coming off of a series win against the White Sox, where they won three out of the four games played in the series. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 3.10 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and a .209 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 195 runs with a .281 batting average and a .351 on base percentage this year. Randy Arozarena is batting .327 with seven home runs and 28 RBI’s for the Rays. The projected starting pitcher for Tampa Bay is Javy Guerra, who is 0-0 with an 8.64 ERA and a 2.28 WHIP over 8.1 innings pitched this year. 

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These two teams have started this season playing very well and come into this game with the two best records in baseball. Tampa Bay has hit the ball very well recently, scoring at least nine runs in three of their last four games. Tampa Bay is starting Javy Guerra, who has allowed six earned runs over his last 2.0 innings of work. The Pirates are starting Roansy Contreras, who has allowed three earned runs over his last 18.2 innings pitched. I like Pittsburgh on the road here. 

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