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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 4/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies (7-5) at Tampa Bay Rays (3-10)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 6:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

J Arrieta (0-0) (4.50) vs. C Archer (1-0) (5.94)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -119 / Philadelphia Phillies +109 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN, NSPA

The Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays meet Saturday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.

The Philadelphia Phillies look for another victory to build on their solid four-game winning streak. The Phillies have allowed five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Philadelphia Phillies have won six straight games when allowing five or less runs. Offensively, Odubel Herrera leads the Phillies with 13 hits and two RBI while Cesar Hernandez and Rhys Hoskins have combined for 24 hits and 12 RBI. Jake Arrieta gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and five strikeouts this season. Blach is 3-3 with a 5.35 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 4/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Rays need a feel good victory here to rebound from a rough 3-10 start to the season. The Rays have scored just one run in each of their last two games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Rays are 0-9 this season when scoring under five runs. Matt Duffy leads the Rays with 13 hits and six RBI while Carlos Gomez and Mallex Smith have combined for 20 hits and five RBI. Chris Archer gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 5.94 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. This will be Archer’s first career game against the Phillies.

The Phillies are 7-3 in their last 10 during game 2 of a series, 30-67 in their last 97 road games and 3-9 in their last 12 vs. American League East. The Rays are 11-5 in their last 16 vs. National League East, 2-11 in their last 13 Saturday games and 10-4 in Archers last 14 interleague starts. The under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings in Tampa Bay.

Arrieta wasn't good in his debut with the Phillies, and he's been shaky overall the last year or so, as teams don't exactly fear him like they did in the past. On the road last season, of course with the Chicago Cubs, Arrieta had an ERA of 3.87 with an allowed batting average of .251, which was much worse than his home numbers. Archer has given up six hits and four runs in each of his three starts this season, which are troubling signs given how last season wasn't great by his standards. However, Archer is usually really good at home career wise, and his strikeout numbers are still there, striking out 22 guys in 16.2 innings. I'm not giving up on Archer just yet. I'll take the Rays and the cheap price at home.

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