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Rays vs. Giants - 6/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Giants (41-26) at Tampa Bay Rays (31-33)

MLB Baseball: Friday, June 17, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

J Samardzija (7-4) (3.36) vs. C Archer (4-8) (4.61)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -112 / San Francisco Giants +102 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSBA/SUN

The San Francisco Giants and Tampa Bay Rays begin a three-game interleague series Friday night.

The San Francisco Giants look to build on their impressive five-game winning streak. The Giants have scored 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 17 games. The San Francisco Giants offense continues to produce, and they’ve won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Brandon Belt leads San Francisco with 65 hits, Denard Span has 24 RBI and Buster Posey has eight home runs. Jeff Samardzija gets the nod, and he’s 7-4 with a 3.36 ERA and 71 strikeouts this season. Samardzija is 0-0 with a 3.21 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

Rays vs. Giants - 6/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Rays look for another win after winning five of their last seven games. The Rays have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Tampa Bay Rays offense has also been hot lately, and they’ve won eight of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 69 hits, Steve Pearce has 25 RBI and Corey Dickerson has 12 home runs. Chris Archer takes the hill, and he’s 4-8 with a 4.61 ERA and 96 strikeouts this season. This will be Archer’s second career game against the Giants.

The Giants are 1-4 in their last 5 games following an off day and 7-3 in Samardzijas last 10 starts. The Rays are 8-3 in their last 11 interleague home games and 1-4 in Archers last 5 starts. The Giants are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.

The Giants are the hotter team, have had a day off and have a consistent pitcher on the hill in Samardzija. Not to mention Archer hasn't been himself this season. So, I'll take San Fran and the slight plus money based on the value. 

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San Francisco Giants +102

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