Tampa Bay Rays VS Philadelphia Phillies

MLB Baseball 06:40 PM EST

Wednesday

09/25/2020

MLBN, FS SUN, NBCSP

Spread: Tampa Bay Rays -165

Over/Under: 8.5

Philadelphia Phillies vs Tampa Bay Rays 9/25/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

Philadelphia Phillies vs Tampa Bay Rays 9/25/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

Philadelphia Phillies vs Tampa Bay Rays 9/25/2020 Picks Predictions Previews
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The Tampa Bay Rays will play against the Philadelphia Phillies at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on Friday, September 25, 2020, at 6:40 P.M, ET. This is the 1st installment of this 3-game interleague series. The Phillies lost their 4-game series against the Nationals with just 1 win in game 4. The Rays were successful against the Mets in their last series winning 2 games. The Rays sit on top of the American League with a record of 37-20 and are 1st in the AL East Division. 

The Rays got their 1st AL East Division title for 10 years with a win over the Mets in game 3 at 8-5. The squad has to feel good and are filled with momentum as they close out the regular season. They outhit the Mets 11-6 in their last game and were led by Randy Arozarena who had 3 hits and 3 RBIs while getting a 2 run homer in the 6th and a solo homer in the 9th. Brandon Lowe chipped in 2 hits and 3 RBIs of his own including 2 run homer in the 8th. Joey Wendle added 1 hit and a solo homer while Tyler Glasnow got the win after allowing only 2 earned runs in 6 innings. Brandon Lowe leads the team this season with 51 hits, 36 RBIs, and 14 homers at a.274 BAA. Tampa has the 5th best pitching staff in the league with a team ERA of 3.76. Their hitting is not the best with only a .237 team BAA in 20th place but the squad made 274 runs this season which is decent. Charlie Morton will start for the Rays in their opening game.

Philadelphia Phillies vs Tampa Bay Rays Predictions 9/25/2020

The Phillies snapped their 4-game skid with a big win over the Nationals at 12-3 but ultimately lost their previous series. The good news is their playoff dreams are still alive, though hanging by a thread. They outhit the Nationals 14-6 and were led by Andre McCutchen who had 3 hits and a solo homer in the 8th. Bryce Harper had 2 hits and 2 solo homers in the game while Didi Gregorius and Andrew Knapp both had 3 run home runs in the 9th. Zach Elfin got the win after allowing 3 earned runs in 8 innings. Gregorius is their best offensive player this season with 59 hits and 40 RBIs at .289 BAA while Bryce Harper has a team-high of 13 bombs for the team. Philadelphia is a strong offensive team with the 9th best hitting record of .257 BAA while making 299 total runs this season. However, their bullpen is struggling to prevent the runs as they have a team ERA of 5.12 in 24th place. The Phillies are 9th in the National League with a 28-29 record and are 3rd in the NL East Division. Vince Velasquez will be their starter in the 1st game. 

Philadelphia Phillies vs Tampa Bay Rays. MLB’s pick for the opener of the series is the Tampa Bay Rays -165. Velasquez had a solid outing in his last start with just 1 earned run allowed in 6 innings but it’s too hard to trust him since he’s allowed more runs than prevented them this season. Morton isn’t the best pitcher either but he has a good bullpen to back him up if things go south. Tampa Bay is too good this season and it will be a big challenge for the Phillies to take down the top AL team. Tampa will whip the Phillies projected at 6-3.

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MLB Starting Time: 6:40  P.M, ET

Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

Date: Friday, September 25, 2020

TV: MLBN, FS SUN, NBCSP

MLB Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -165

MLB Total: 8.5

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