Rays vs Mets Prediction - MLB Picks 5/17/23

New York Mets (20-23) vs Tampa Bay Rays (32-11)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)

Kodai Senga (4-2) (4.14) vs TBD () ()

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The Tampa Bay Rays will play the New York Mets in Game 2 of their series on Wednesday night at Citi Field in Queens, New York.

Rays Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 32-11 this season and they have won three of their last five games. Tampa Bay won Game 1 of this series by a score of 8-5 on Tuesday night. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 3.30 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a .214 opponent batting average this year. The Rays offense has scored 268 runs with a .275 batting average and a .349 on base percentage. Randy Arozarena is batting .312 with 10 home runs and 35 RBI’s for the Rays. The projected starting pitcher for Tampa Bay has not been announced yet. 

Mets Preview

The New York Mets are 20-23 this season and they have lost seven of their last ten games. Prior to losing the first game in this series, New York split a four game series with the Nationals. The New York pitching staff has a 4.77 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a .247 opponent batting average. The Mets offense has scored 179 runs with a .240 batting average and a .322 on base percentage this year. Pete Alonso is batting .233 with 14 home runs and 33 RBI’s for the Mets. The projected starting pitcher for New York is Kodai Senga, who is 4-2 with a 4.14 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP over 37.0 innings pitched this season.

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The Rays were able to win Game 1 of this series as an underdog and they will look to continue their great start to the season here. New York has been disappointing so far this year and they are sitting near the bottom in the NL East. The Mets will start Kodai Senga, who has allowed seven earned runs over his last 16.0 innings pitched. The Rays have not announced a starting pitcher for this game yet, but it seems like it doesn’t matter at this point. The Rays are rolling this season and I can’t pick against them, especially with how poorly the Mets have played. 

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