An interleague matchup has the Tampa Bay Rays (45-37) traveling to play the Cincinnati Reds (29-54) on Friday night. Tampa Bay heads into this matchup on a two-game win streak. Meanwhile, Cincinnati avoided getting swept and secured a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday. Shane McClanahan (9-3, 1.74 ERA) will be starting for Tampa Bay. Luis Castillo (3-4, 3.09 ERA) is on the mound for Cincinnati in this battle of aces.
The first pitch is set for 6:40 p.m. ET. Tampa Bay is the -175 money-line favorite (risk $175 to win $100) in the latest Rays vs. Reds odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while Cincinnati is a +148 underdog. The over-under for total runs scored is 7.5. Before making any Reds vs. Rays picks, be sure to check out the latest MLB predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Rays vs. Reds, and just locked in its picks and MLB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several MLB odds and betting lines for Reds vs. Rays:
- Rays vs. Reds money line: Tampa Bay -175, Cincinnati +148
- Rays vs. Reds run line: Tampa Bay -1.5 (+105)
- Rays vs. Reds over-under: 7.5 runs
- TB: Rays are 5-1 in their last six overall
- CIN: Under is 6-0 in the Reds’ last six interleague games
- Rays vs. Reds: See picks at SportsLine
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Why you should back the Rays
Shortstop Wander Franco is a remarkable athlete with elite bat speed/control. Franco is a switch hitter with a compact swing. The 21-year-old has solid agility and arm talent to make quick reads in the infield. Franco is batting .261 with five home runs and 23 RBIs. He heads into this contest on a nine-game hit streak.
Left fielder Randy Arozarena is an agile and fast playmaker. Arozarena uses his speed to his advantage offensively and defensively. The 27-year-old owns a line-drive swing that has driven in runs all season. Arozarena’s batting average is .258 with nine home runs and 39 RBIs. He is also fifth in the league in stolen bases (18).
Why you should back the Reds
Third baseman Brandon Drury is a run-producing threat with an excellent bat. Drury plays solid defense and owns a strong throwing arm from the corner. The 29-year-old is hoping to continue his stellar play. Drury leads the team in home runs (17), RBIs (47) and hits (74). On July 6, he went 2-for-4 with two singles and one run scored.
Shortstop Kyle Farmer recently returned from a hand injury and is looking to knock off some rust. Farmer is a smooth defender who has a nice arm. He delivers the ball with accuracy and velocity. The 31-year-old has displayed run-producing abilities. Farmer is first on the team in batting average (.271) and second in RBIs (40).
How to make Reds vs. Rays picks
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