MLB Picks: Bet Rays -138 vs. Giants Friday

Jeff Grant

Friday, August 2, 2013 12:51 PM GMT

Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 12:51 PM GMT

The Tampa Bay Rays enjoyed a remarkable July, as they prepare to take on the San Francisco Giants in their first game this month. Which team are we looking to back with our MLB picks tonight?


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this interleague matchup at Tropicana Field Friday night, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

Difficult times 

San Francisco has won back-to-back games, but the club is still 25-44 since May 14—the worst mark in baseball over that span. 

The Giants are 6-9 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with the OVER going 10-5 in that situation.

Turning the page 

Tampa Bay went 21-5 last month, but it’s important to note that the club is just 3-6 when playing after an off day, as it suffered a 7-0 setback to the Arizona Diamondbacks as -177 home favorites Wednesday. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the Rays are 43-31 as home favorites of -125 to -150, with the UNDER going 44-25-5 in those 74 opportunities.

Bumgarner

Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.76 ERA) is 6-2 with a 1.89 ERA in his last nine outings, with opposing hitters batting .164 against him over that span.

The left-hander has compiled a 6-4 record and 3.25 ERA in 11 road games, issuing 18 walks and striking out 60 batters in 72 combined frames. 

Bumgarner is 2-2 with a 4.42 ERA in six indoor starts since entering the league, as he prepares to face the Rays for the first time in his career. 

Archer 

Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (6-3, 2.39 ERA) has led the club to seven consecutive victories, including a 1-0 road victory over the New York Yankees last time out. 

The right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.74 ERA in five home outings, with opposing hitters batting just .178 against him.

Archer will be matching up with the defending World Series champions for the first time in his career.

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Rays with their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 23-12 against left-handed starting pitchers this season. 

MLB Pick:  Tampa Bay Rays -138

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