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San Francisco Giants vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 4/6/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Rays at San Francisco Giants
Date & Time Saturday April 6, 2019, 4:05 PM (EDT)
Location
AT&T Park
San Francisco, California
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays / San Francisco Giants -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
NSBA, SUN
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The Tampa Bay Rays and San Francisco Giants meet Saturday in MLB action at AT&T Park.

The Tampa Bay Rays look for another victory after winning six of their last seven games. The Rays have allowed three runs in their last three games and two or less runs in each of their last seven games. The Tampa Bay Rays are 6-1 this season when allowing less than five runs. Offensively, Yandy Diaz leads the Rays with nine hits and three RBI while Ji-Man Choi and Tommy Pham have combined for 16 hits and four RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t list a starting pitcher at the time this article was published.

The San Francisco Giants need a victory here to rebound from a rough 2-6 start to the season. The Giants have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last seven games. The San Francisco Giants are 0-5 this season when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Steven Duggar leads the Giants with nine hits and two RBI while Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria have combined for 13 hits and two RBI. Jeff Samardzija gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two strikeouts this season. Samardzija is 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Rays are 6-1 in their last 7 Saturday games, 14-3 in their last 17 during game 2 of a series and 9-3 in their last 12 road games. The Giants are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. American League East, 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 1-5 in Samardzija's last 6 home starts. The under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings. The under is 5-2-1 in Samardzija's last 8 home starts. The under is 7-0 in Rays last 7 overall.

Even with the Tampa Bay Rays not listing a starter to this contest, I'm still backing them based on the way they've pitched all season long. The Rays haven't allowed more than two runs since opening day and are averaging more than a strikeout per inning as a team. That's without mentioning that the San Francisco Giants lack of offense has carried over from the past two years and Samardzija hasn't exactly been great since coming over the bay area. I'm going to ride the hot hand of the Rays, even without knowing who will be on the mound for this contest. 

Pick:
Tampa Bay Rays

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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