Rockies vs Rays Prediction - MLB Picks 8/24/23

Tampa Bay Rays (76-51) vs Colorado Rockies (48-77)

Game Info: Thursday, August 24, 2023 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

() () vs Peter Lambert (3-4) (5.02)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays / Colorado Rockies --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Tampa Bay Rays will host the Colorado Rockies for their interleague series finale this Thursday from Tropicana Field. Tampa took game two in extras, 6-5.

Rockies Preview & Projected Starter 

Colorado moved to 48-78 after falling to Tampa. The Rockies let game two slip away, and they’ll look to avoid a fourth straight loss here on Thursday. The Colorado offense is scoring 4.5 runs per game, while batting .256, with a .317 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.70 ERA, with a 1.43 WHIP. 

Peter Lambert (3-4, 5.02 ERA, 56 Ks) will get the call for Colorado. The third-year pitcher put together his best outing of the season last week, holding the White Sox to one run thru seven innings of work. Lambert has now pitched two straight quality starts, and he’ll face another uphill battle on the road here against a hot Rays lineup.   

Rockies Player Trends & Props

Ryan McMahon has scored a run in six straight games, and he leads Colorado in hits (121), home runs (20), and RBI (65). 

Elias Diaz has produced multiple runs in three of the previous four games, and he’s posting splits of .271/17/59. 

Ezequiel Tovar collected a pair of hits in the game two loss, and he’s batting .261, with fourteen homers and 57 runs batted in.

 

Rays Preview & Projected Starter

Tampa Bay comes in at 77-51 after defeating Colorado. The Rays came through with runs in the ninth and tenth inning to win last night, and they’ll look to complete the series here on Thursday. 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. 

Shawn Armstrong (0-0, 1.00 ERA, 41 Ks) will get the bullpen start for Tampa Bay. The ninth-year reliever has been one of the best relief pitchers in baseball this season, as he boasts a clean 1.00 ERA thru 36 appearances. Armstrong tossed a scoreless frame in the game one victory over Colorado, and he’ll look to replicate that effort here in the series finale. 

Rays Player Trends & Props

Yandy Díaz has recorded multiple hits in six straight games, and he leads Tampa in batting (.329) and hits (140), with 16 home runs and 65 RBI.

Josh Lowe has produced a run in four of the last six games, and he’s posting nice splits of .279/16/66. By

Isaac Paredes provided a solo shot in the game two win, and he leads the Rays in home runs (25) and RBI (79). 

Randy Arozarena also went yard in last night’s victory, and he’s second on the team with 20 homers and 73 runs batted in. 

 

Corey’s Free Pick

Tampa Bay finds themselves in the midst of another strong stretch of play, and after winning eight of their last eleven games, I like leaning on them to close this series strong. Tampa’s lineup is clicking, and even with Peter Lambert coming off of the two best starts of his career, they should be able to find production off of the young pitcher. Back Tampa Bay for this interleague matchup.

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

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