Tampa Bay Rays vs. San Francisco Giants Betting Preview

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Yandy Diaz and the surging Tampa Bay Rays are preparing to do battle against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park in a Saturday showdown. NBC Sports – Bay Area will be televising this interleague matchup and the game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Tampa Bay Rays at San Francisco Giants Odds

The Rays have gone 6-2 SU this year and are 5-2 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 3.1 units for moneyline gamblers in this young season and 3.2 units ATS. The Giants, on the other hand, are 2-6 SU and 3-4 ATS. The team’s lost 2.0 units for moneyline bettors and 3.0 units ATS.

Giants games have a 2-5 over/under record so far in 2019. The Rays have been a decent under bet with a total record of 0-7.

The right-handed Ryne Stanek (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will get the start for Tampa Bay. Stanek recorded 81 strikeouts in 66 innings last year (29 starts) while finishing the season 2-3 overall with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.

The Giants are rolling with righty Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00 ERA) as their starter. Samardzija started 10 games last year while finishing the season 1-5 overall with a 6.25 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP.

Tampa Bay’s pitching staff allowed 1.6 runs per game and its starters own a 1.88 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 10.26 K/9. The bullpen has an outstanding ERA of just 1.16, along with a K-per-9 of 8.42.

Rays hitters have slashed .222/.289/.350 on their way to 3.4 runs scored per game in 2019, including over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).

First baseman Yandy Diaz and first baseman Ji-Man Choi have led Tampa Bay’s hitters. Diaz is slashing .360/.448/.720 with nine hits, three RBIs and six runs scored, while Choi (.348/.423/.391) has produced eight hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.

In the home-team dugout, San Francisco’s pitchers have allowed 3.6 runs per game overall this year. The club’s starters have an ERA of 3.19, a WHIP of 1.20 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.5. The bullpen has a 2.55 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.0 K/9.

San Francisco’s offense is putting up 2.4 runs per outing, including 3.0 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .206/.251/.333 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that span.

Outfielder Steven Duggar and shortstop Brandon Crawford have led the Giants’ hitters this year. Duggar is slashing .273/.314/.455 with nine hits, two RBIs and three runs scored, and Crawford’s line is .259/.286/.333 with seven hits, zero RBIs and two runs scored.

The Rays have gained 1.1 units and are 3-2 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in zero of those games, as opposed to five that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Giants have lost 2.0 units and are 0-2 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in one of those games, compared to one that’ve gone under.

Rays vs. Giants Free MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Giants, ATS Winner – Rays, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The Rays and Giants did not face each other in 2018.
  • The Rays have won six of their last seven games SU while the Giants have lost four of their last five SU.
  • The Rays have a total OPS of .638 this season and an OPS of .643 against right-handed pitchers. The Giants’ OPS sits at .587 overall and their lefty-righty split is nearly identical.