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Tampa Bay Rays vs Atlanta Braves 7/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Tampa Bay Rays (54-38) and the Atlanta Braves (45-46) will conclude the Inter-League weekend series at Truist Park in Atlanta on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at 1:20 PM ET. Tampa Bay succeeded in their three-game stint versus the Toronto Blue Jays with a 2-1 standing but lost the final match last Sunday, July 11. The Rays managed to get back after the All-Star break and defeated the Atlanta Braves in the opener of a three-game battle at 7-6 on Friday. In Game 2, Tampa failed to score a single run while driving four base hits and bowed to Atlanta at 0-9 on Saturday. Starting Pitcher Josh Fleming earned the loss for the Rays with seven earned runs on eight base hits allowed with a walk and a single strikeout in 4.1 innings pitched.

 

Tampa will be sending the forty-one-year-old southpaw Rich Hill to the bump to start the series finale versus the Braves on Sunday. The left-handed thrower is 6-4 with a 3.74 ERA and a total of 87 strikeouts in his MLB tour this year. Hill will be pitching in his first career start facing Atlanta batters.

 

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Tampa Bay Rays vs Atlanta Braves Predictions 7/18/2021

 

On the part of Atlanta, the team concluded a three-game series against the Miami Marlins with a 2-1 record before the All-Star break. The Braves won the first two installments but lost the final round last Sunday. Atlanta tried to rebound but lost the opening of a series versus the Tampa Bay Rays with just a one-run deficit at 6-7 on Friday. Last time out, the Braves managed to bounce back and beat the Rays with a 9-0 shutout victory on Saturday. Starter Max Fried pitched for seven scoreless innings while giving away four base hits with a walk and struck out seven Tampa Bay batters to pick up the victory. Pitcher Max Fried led the charge with two runs on three base hits and acquired two RBIs for Atlanta. First Baseman Freddie Freeman made two runs with a double and added two RBIs in the winning effort for the Braves.

 

Atlanta will counter with thirty-two-year-old lefty Drew Smyly to take the starting role against the Rays in the final game of a series on Sunday. The left-handed starter is 7-3 with a 4.48 ERA while striking out 68 batters in the majors. In his MLB career facing the Tampa Bay squad, southpaw Smyly is 1-1 with a 4.96 ERA and struck out 16 hitters of the Rays this year.

 

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Atlanta Braves. The MLB Pick for this game is Atlanta -105. The Rays have issues in delivering good results while playing on the road while the Braves have the advantage of playing at home. Though RF Ronald Acuña Jr. will not be playing for Atlanta for the remaining games of the season due to a torn ACL still, the Braves have more talents to fill the vacancy. In 92 games played, Tampa Bay ranked 14th in OPS and 8th in runs scored while Atlanta ranked 9th in OPS and 11th in runs scored this season. The predicted score, Atlanta Brave will win at 7-2.

 

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Tampa Bay Rays vs Atlanta Braves 7/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 1:20 PM ET

 

Location: Truist Park in Atlanta, GA

 

Date: Sunday, July 18, 2021

 

TV: BSSE

 

MLB Odds: Atlanta Braves -105

 

MLB Totals: 9

 

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