Pirates vs Rays Prediction - MLB Picks 5/3/23

Tampa Bay Rays (23-5) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (20-8)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 6:40 pm (Tropicana Field)

Shane McClanahan (5-0) (2.12) vs Mitch Keller (3-0) (3.53)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -210 / Pittsburgh Pirates +192 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays face off on Wednesday in an MLB showdown at Tropicana Field. On Tuesday it was the Rays that were able to secure the 4-1 victory. 

Pirates Betting Preview

The Pirates come into this game with a 20-10 record overall, but the offense couldn’t get anything going on Tuesday. The offense only managed one run, and that was the difference in the defeat. The Pirates are averaging 5.23 runs while their pitching is giving up 3.73 runs per game. Bryan Reynolds has hit five home runs and driven in 23 RBIs. On the mound for the Pirates is Mitch Keller who sits with a 3-0 record and an ERA of 3.53. In his last start against the Dodgers he went six innings giving up five hits and two runs. 

Rays Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is the Rays who sit with a 24-6 record overall and they have had good pitching all season. The Rays are averaging 6.72 runs while their pitching is giving up 3.17 runs per game. The offense and pitching is both ranked 1st in the league. Randy Arozarena has hit seven home runs and driven in 28 RBIs. On the mound for the Rays will be Shane McClanahan who sits with a 5-0 record and an ERA of 2.12. In his last start against the White Sox he went five innings giving up five hits and two runs. 

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Pirates vs Rays Trends

Rays are 6-0 in McClanahans last 6 starts. Pirates are 6-0 in their last 6 games vs. a left-handed starter. Rays are 4-0 in McClanahans last 4 starts as a favorite of -201 or greater. Pirates are 1-10 in their last 11 interleague road games vs. a left-handed starter. Pirates are 1-8 in Kellers last 9 starts as a road underdog of +151 to +200. Pirates are 1-6 in Kellers last 7 starts when their opponent allows 2 runs or less in their previous game.

Shane’s Free Pick

The Pirates offense really struggled in the last game and it’s going to be no different in this game. McClanahan has been lights out this season and he currently sits with an ERA of 2.12. The Rays might not run up the score, but they will score four or five and that will be enough. Back the Rays -1.5. 

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