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San Francisco Giants vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 4/5/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Rays at San Francisco Giants
Date & Time Friday April 5, 2019, 4:35 PM (EDT)
Location
AT&T Park
San Francisco, CA
The Line
San Francisco Giants +112 / Tampa Bay Rays -130
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The Tampa Bay Rays and the San Francisco Giants meet in game one of a three game interleague set in MLB action from AT&T Park on Friday.

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to rebound after having their five game winning streak snapped with a 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies in their last outing. Tommy Pham went 2 for 4 while Austin Meadows, Avisail Garcia, Daniel Robertson and Mike Zunino each had base hits as well in the losing effort. None of Tampa Bay’s six hits went for extra bases in the loss. Charlie Morton went six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits while striking out six, not factoring in the decision. Chaz Roe ended up with the loss to fall to 0-1 this season. Tyler Glasnow will start game one and is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 4 strikeouts this season. This will be Glasnow’s first career start against San Francisco.

The San Francisco Giants will look for a bounce back after dropping 5 of their first 7 games, including a 5-3 loss to the Dodgers in their last outing. Brandon Belt went 1 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs while Steven Duggar added a solo homer of his own to round out San Fran’s scoring in the loss. Joe Panik, Evan Longoria, Brandon Crawford and Gerardo Parra each had base hits as well in the losing effort. Derek Holland went five innings, allowing two runs on three hits while walking four and striking out seven, not factoring in the decision. Reyes Moronta took the loss, falling to 0-1 this season. Dereck Rodriguez will start game one and is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 2 strikeouts this season. This will be Rodriguez’s first career start against Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay is 9-3 in their last 12 road games and 38-17 in their last 55 games overall while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 games overall. San Francisco is 1-7 in Rodriguez’s last 8 starts and 0-4 in their last 4 home games while the under is 34-16-2 in their last 52 games overall. The under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.

Rodriguez has been one of the brighter spots for the Giants in their otherwise slow start to the season, so there’s reason to look at the plus money. However, the offensive issues are still there for San Francisco, as the Giants have scored 5 runs once in a game this season and are only batting .204 on the year. Tampa Bay has done a good job keeping runs off of the board, allowing one run or less in 6 of their last 7 games leading to their hot start. Granted, all of those games were at home, but given what we’ve seen so far, I think that Tampa Bay and the low line, even on the road, is a solid play on Friday’s card.

Pick:
Tampa Bay Rays -130

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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