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Tampa Bay Rays Poised for Comeback Win Against Chicago Cubs with Favorable Pitching Matchup

The Chicago Cubs will be facing off against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Wednesday, with the first pitch scheduled for 6:50 p.m. ET. The Cubs, with a record of 32-34, will be starting right-hander Javier Assad, who has a 4-2 record with a 2.74 ERA this season. On the other side, the Rays, with a record of 31-35, will be starting righty Aaron Civale, who has a 2-5 record with a 5.51 ERA. Tampa Bay is the betting favorite for this matchup, opening at -118 with the line staying steady.

Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: Cubs +108 | Rays -118
  • Spread: Cubs +1.5 (-190) | Rays -1.5 (+155)
  • Total: Over/Under 8 (-110)
  • Based on the moneyline, the implied probability that Tampa Bay will win straight-up is 54%.

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Chicago Cubs

Despite a recent series loss to Cincinnati, the Chicago Cubs remain tied with Cincinnati and St. Louis for second place in the NL Central, although they are two games under .500 and seven games behind division leader Milwaukee. The Cubs are currently ranked 14th in on-base percentage, 18th in OPS, 19th in home runs, and 16th in RBI. On the pitching side, Chicago's staff holds a 3.92 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Assas will be pitching for Chicago in an upcoming game, coming off a previous outing where he allowed five runs in a loss to Cincinnati. Chicago is ranked at 24 in power ranking, 17th in offense, 20th in defense, and has a season record of 32-34. It is advised to test out different sportsbooks and look for the best sports betting promotions.

Tampa Bay Rays Analysis

The Tampa Bay Rays have fallen to last place in the AL East after a losing streak against the Baltimore Orioles. With a record of four games below .500 and 15 games behind the division leader New York Yankees, the Rays are struggling both offensively and defensively. Ranking poorly in key offensive categories such as OBP, OPS, home runs, and RBI, Tampa Bay's pitching staff also has room for improvement with a 4.42 ERA. Tomorrow, Civale will start for the Rays after a recent outing against the Orioles. Despite his previous performance, he has had success against the Chicago Cubs in the past. The Rays currently have a power ranking of 27 and are ranked 26th in offense and 25th in defense. Chicago has a recent record of 1-2 against Tampa Bay. For more MLB picks, visit the provided link.

Tampa Bay Rays Poised for Comeback Win Against Chicago Cubs with Favorable Pitching Matchup

I placed a wager on the Chicago team on Tuesday and plan to bet on Tampa Bay for their upcoming game to make a rebound. Despite being swept by the Orioles in their recent series, the Rays have managed to secure victory in six out of their last nine games. They are poised to make a comeback against the Cubs, particularly since the Expected Era (xERA) data indicates a favorable outcome for tomorrow's starting pitchers, who appear to be heading in different directions.

While Assad began the season strongly, recent performance indicators suggest a decline, including his most recent subpar outing and a total of five home runs allowed in his last four starts. Conversely, Civale has shown a positive trend with an xERA significantly lower than his actual ERA, implying a forthcoming improvement in his performance.

Given the advantageous starting pitching and home-field factors, I believe Tampa Bay will prevail over Chicago. With the Rays listed as -118 odds, I find the value of wagering on the Rays Moneyline to be appealing.

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