Tampa Bay Rays vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 4/13/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Phillies (6-5) at Tampa Bay Rays (3-9)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Vincent Velasquez (1-1) (5.19) vs. Jacob Faria (0-1) (14.29)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +100 / Philadelphia Phillies -120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
We have some interleague MLB action on Friday, as the Philadelphia Phillies head to Tropicana Field to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in game one of their three game weekend set.
The Philadelphia Phillies will look to stay hot after winning 3 straight and 5 of their last 6 games following a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds, including a 4-3 win in the series finale on Wednesday. J.P. Crawford led the Phils with two RBIs thanks to his first home run of the season, while Cesar Hernandez added a solo shot of his own. Scott Kingery chipped in an RBI to round out the scoring for Philadelphia in the win, while Odubel Herrera, Nick Williams and starting pitcher Nick Pivetta each added a base hit of their own in the win. Speaking of Pivetta, he gave up two runs on five hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Hector Neris blew his first save of the year, while Yacksel Rios got the win to improve to 1-0 in relief. Vince Velasquez will start game one and is 1-1 with a 5.19 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. This will be Velasquez’s first career start against Tampa Bay.
The Tampa Bay Rays are in dire need of a win after starting the season 3-9, failing to complete the sweep of the White Sox in their last outing, losing the finale by a final score of 2-1 on Wednesday. C.J. Cron went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI, while Kevin Kiermaier, Carlos Gomez and Adeiny Hechavarria each added a base knock as the Rays mustered up just four hits as a team in the loss. Yonny Chirinos threw 5.1 shutout innings, giving up just four hits while striking out five. Austin Pruitt blew his first save of the season, taking the loss to fall to 1-2 on the year. Jake Faria will get the nod in the opener and is 0-1 with a 14.29 ERA and 2 strikeouts this season. This will be Faria’s first career start against Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 7-19 in Velasquez’s last 26 starts while the under is 4-0-2 in their last 6 interleave games. Tampa Bay is 1-5 in Faria’s last 6 starts and 2-9 in their last 11 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss. Philadelphia is 2-6 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Tampa Bay.
I know Faria’s first two starts of the year came against a good Boston team, but we are getting a low line going against a pitcher who just gave up eight runs in 1.2 innings of work in Faria, while also getting the team in better form over the last week. Velasquez has had struggles of his own, but I think he’s a more reliable option here and this is a more than winnable game for Philadelphia, so I’ll take the Phillies and the low line here.