Rays vs Cubs Prediction MLB Picks Today 6/13

Rays vs Cubs Prediction MLB Picks Today 6/13

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MLB Preview and Prediction: Chicago Cubs vs. Tampa Bay Rays

The Chicago Cubs are set to face the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The Cubs are looking to climb the standings in the National League Central, while the Rays are struggling in the American League East.

 

Game Overview:

  • Date: June 13, 2024
  • Time: 3:50 PM
  • Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Weather: 88°F, Clear

Team Breakdown:

Chicago Cubs:

The Cubs come into this game with a 33-35 record, including 15-22 on the road. Justin Steele will start for Chicago, with a 0-3 record, a 3.65 ERA, and a 1.15 WHIP over 44.1 innings.

The Cubs' offense has shown potential, with a team batting average of .229 and 286 runs scored this season. Despite their struggles, they have key players who can make a difference.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Christopher Morel (13 HR)
  • Batting Average: Cody Bellinger (.267 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Christopher Morel (40 RBI)

The Cubs will rely on their key players and hope for a strong performance from Justin Steele to secure a victory.

Tampa Bay Rays:

The Rays have a 32-36 record and are 18-23 at home. Taj Bradley will be on the mound for Tampa Bay, with a 1-4 record, a 5.17 ERA, and a 1.18 WHIP over 31.1 innings.

The Rays' offense has been inconsistent, with a team batting average of .232 and 260 runs scored this season. They will need to find their rhythm to compete with the Cubs.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Isaac Paredes (10 HR)
  • Batting Average: Isaac Paredes (.291 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Isaac Paredes (38 RBI)

The Rays will need strong performances from their lineup and a better outing from Taj Bradley to turn their fortunes around.

Game Odds:

Team Moneyline Total Run Line
CHC (33-35) -115 o7.5 (-110) -1.5 (+150)
TB (32-36) -105 u7.5 (-110) +1.5 (-180)

Prediction:

The prediction for this game is a win for the Chicago Cubs. Here’s why:

The Cubs have a slight edge with Justin Steele on the mound, who has shown consistency despite not recording a win yet. Steele's ERA and WHIP suggest that he can limit the Rays' scoring opportunities.

On the other hand, Taj Bradley has struggled significantly this season with a 5.17 ERA and a tendency to give up home runs. The Cubs' lineup, led by Christopher Morel and Cody Bellinger, should be able to capitalize on Bradley's struggles.

Given the recent performances and the pitching matchup, the Cubs are well-positioned to take advantage of the Rays' inconsistencies and secure a win.

Pick: Chicago Cubs

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