Brewers vs Rays Prediction - MLB Picks 5/19/23

Tampa Bay Rays (32-13) vs Milwaukee Brewers (24-19)

Game Info: Friday, May 19, 2023 at 6:40 pm (Tropicana Field)

Shane McClanahan (7-0) (2.34) vs Adrian Houser (0-0) (5.19)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -245 / Milwaukee Brewers +205 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Milwaukee Brewers will play the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of their series on Friday night at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Brewers Preview

The Milwaukee Brewers are 24-19 this season and they have won four of their last six games. Milwaukee is coming off of a series loss to St. Louis, where they lost two out of three games. The Milwaukee pitching staff has a 4.01 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, and a .241 opponent batting average this season. The Brewers offense has scored 183 runs with a .239 batting average and a .316 on base percentage. Rowdy Tellez is batting .250 with 10 home runs and 23 RBI’s for the Brewers. The projected starting pitcher for Milwaukee is Adrian Houser, who is 0-0 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP over 8.2 innings pitched this year. 

Rays Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 32-13 this season and they have lost four of their last six games. Tampa Bay is coming off of a series loss to the Mets, where they lost two out of the three games played. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 3.38 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and a .215 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 277 runs with a .273 batting average and a .348 on base percentage this year. Randy Arozarena is batting .317 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI’s for the Rays. The projected starting pitcher for Tampa Bay is Shane McClanahan, who is 7-0 with a 2.34 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 50.0 innings pitched this season.

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Milwaukee is 7-1 in their last 8 games on turf and 7-2 in their last 9 Friday games. The under is 6-2 in Milwaukee’s last 8 Friday games. Tampa Bay is 38-13 in their last 51 home games and 22-8 in their last 30 game one’s of a series. The over is 6-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 7 games. Milwaukee is 4-0 in these two teams last 4 head to head meetings. 


Tampa Bay is coming off of a rare series loss, but they will try to bounce back at home in this series. The Brewers have played well this year and they are currently leading the NL Central. Milwaukee is starting Adrian Houser, who has struggled in his first two starts this year. Tampa Bay is starting Shane McClanahan, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts. I like the Rays -1.5 in this game. 

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