Rays vs Giants Prediction - MLB Picks 8/16/23

San Francisco Giants (63-56) vs Tampa Bay Rays (72-49)

Game Info: Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at 3:45 pm (Oracle Park)

Ryan Walker (4-1) (2.28) vs Aaron Civale (5-3) (2.61)

Betting Odds: San Francisco Giants / Tampa Bay Rays --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The San Francisco Giants will host the Tampa Bay Rays for their interleague series finale this Wednesday from Oracle Park. San Francisco silenced Tampa in game two to win by seven, 7-0. 

Rays Preview & Projected Starter

Tampa Bay comes in at 72-50 after falling to San Francisco. The Rays couldn’t get anything going at the plate last night, and they’ll attempt to leave the Bay Area on a strong note here in game three. The Tampa offense is scoring 5.13 runs per game, while batting .255, with a .327 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.70 ERA, with a 1.18 WHIP. 

Aaron Civale (4-2, 2.54 ERA, 54 Ks) will get the ball for Tampa. The fifth-year righty was solid against his former team Cleveland last time out, holding them to two runs thru five innings pitched em route to a Rays win. It was nothing special, but it was good to see Civale bounce back after dropping his Tampa debut, and he comes into an interesting spot here, as Oracle caters to the pitcher’s, but he’ll face a San Fran team that’s starting to find their swing. 

Rays Player Trends & Props

Yandy Diaz has produced a run in four of the last five games, and he leads Tampa in batting (.321) and hits (127), with 16 home runs and 60 RBI.

Josh Lowe has collected a hit in six of the last seven games, and he’s posting solid splits of .270/14/58.

Isaac Paredes leads the Rays in home runs (23) and RBI (70). 

Randy Arozarena had multiple hits in the game one victory, and he’s second on the team with eighteen homers and 68 runs batted in. 


Giants Preview & Projected Starter

San Francisco comes in at 64-56 after defeating Tampa. The Giants bounced back with a strong two-way effort to take game two, and they’ll look to avoid a fourth straight interleague series loss here. The San Francisco offense is scoring 4.81 runs per game, while batting .250, with a .326 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.89 ERA, with a 1.29 WHIP. 

Ryan Walker (4-1, 2.28 ERA, 15 Ks) is set to open the game for San Francisco. The rookie pitcher has been one of the best in his role this season, holding teams scoreless over eight of his last ten appearances. Walker handled the Rays well last night, striking out four in two innings, and he’ll look to do the same here Wednesday. 

Giants Player Trends & Props

Wilmer Flores provided a two-run shot in the game two win, and he leads SFG in batting (.300) and home runs (16), with 41 RBI. 

J.D Davis brings a six-game hitless streak into this contest so he may be due soon, and he still manages to lead the team in hits (91), with fifteen home runs and 56 RBI. 

Mike Conforto has multiple hits in four straight games, and he’s posting solid splits of .251/15/56. 


Corey’s Free Pick

A lot of things have gone wrong for Tampa since they’ve landed in the Bay, and that cloud could hover over them even more in the series finale. The Giants have done a good job of wrapping up series’, winning four of their last five game three’s, and I like their momentum coming into Wednesday’s contest at home. Roll with San Francisco for this interleague matchup. 

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

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