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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 4/15/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies (8-5) at Tampa Bay Rays (3-11)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Ben Lively (0-1) (5.56) vs. () ()

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -140 / Philadelphia Phillies +130 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: Sun Sports

Sunday afternoon MLB action brings us to Tropicana Field where the Philadelphia Phillies battle the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Philadelphia Phillies are off to a strong start after a 9-2 win at Tampa Bay on Saturday has the team in line for the series sweep. Philadelphia starter Jake Arrieta gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits over 6.2 frames o get the win.

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 4/15/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Phillies amassed 13 hits and a trio of free passes with JP Crawford going 2-3 with a homer, two RBI’s and two runs while Scott Kingery went 2-5 with a run and a pair driven in. Four others drove n a run and scored as every player that saw action recorded a hit.

Ben Lively has been tabbed to take the mound at Tropicana Field on Sunday afternoon. Lively received a no decision in a 6-5 win versus Cincinnati with five runs scoring on nine hits and two BB in 5.2 frames.

The Tampa Bay Rays slow start continued Saturday with the team struggling in all areas. Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer was charged with seven runs on eight hits and a pair of bases on balls over four frames with Austin Pruitt allowing two runs through five innings. 

The Rays attack consisted of eight hits and three walks with CJ Cron recording a pair of RBI’s while Kevin Kermaier went 2-4 with two runs. Rookie Ryan Yarbrough makes his first career start on Sunday. Yarbrough has appeared three times in relief with a 2.25 ERA in eight innings.

Philadelphia are 5-1 in their last 6 overall and  are 29-67 in their last 96 road games and  are 1-5 in their last 6 interleague games. Tampa Bay  are 11-4 in their last 15 vs. National League East and  are 2-9 in their last 11 overall. Philadelphia  are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Tampa Bay.

I’m not a Lively fan right now but I am a Philadelphia fan and I will back them here with Yarbrough struggling with his control…

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