Arizona Diamondbacks at Tampa Bay Rays
|Date & Time||Monday May 6, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks / Tampa Bay Rays -- Over/Under:
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays meet Monday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.
The Arizona Diamondbacks look for a win after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Diamondbacks have scored 26 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 16 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring more than one run. David Peralta leads the Diamondbacks with 42 hits and 23 RBI while Eduardo Escobar and Ketel Marte have combined for 72 hits and 45 RBI. Merrill Kelly gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 3.60 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. This will be Kelly’s first career game against the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Rays have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 14 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won their last six games when scoring three or more runs. Tommy Pham leads the Rays with 36 hits and 14 RBI while Brandon Lowe and Avisail Garcia have combined for 64 hits and 29 RBI. Blake Snell gets the ball, and he is 2-3 with a 4.31 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. This will be Snell’s first career game against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League East and 5-2 in their last 7 interleague games. The Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series, 48-21 in their last 69 home games and 49-23 in their last 72 overall. The under is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings in Tampa Bay and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Rays last 5 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Kelly's last 5 starts overall.
The Arizona Diamondbacks come into this game swinging hot bats, but they're running into arguably the best pitching staff in the league right now and a bullpen that should be well rested after not having to play yesterday. Snell has been very sharp this season outside of two starts and his 11.78 strikeouts per nine innings is as high as it's ever been in his four-year career. It can be tough to find consistency in this sport where teams play nearly everyday, and the Rays have been that through the first five weeks. I'm siding with the Rays in game one of this series.