Tampa Bay Rays vs Atlanta Braves 3-31-22

Tampa Bay Rays vs Atlanta Braves 3/31/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Tampa Bay Rays vs Atlanta Braves 3/31/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Tampa Bay Rays (3-7) travel to North Port to take on the reigning MLB Champion Atlanta Braves (6-3) in the Spring Training Grapefruit League Tournament at CoolToday Park in North Port on Thursday, March 31, 2022, at 1:05 PM ET.

 

Tampa Bay has been one of the best teams in the majors for the past three years but the Rays are experiencing a championship hangover that leads to their slow start after losing 7 games including their recent one-run loss to Baltimore.

 

Tampa Bay dropped to 14th place at 3-7 in the Grapefruit League Conference with a .300 team percentage and 3.5 games behind first-place while gaining 47 runs and losing 56 for a -9 run difference this spring training.

 

The Rays have been searching for a new crop of players to power up the team and come up strong against the defending champs, the Braves team, on Thursday.

 

Second Baseman Brandon Lowe has been the core player for Tampa Bay in the 2021 season with a team-high 4.7 Wins Over Replacement (WAR) record on the season.

 

The 27-year-old 2nd Baseman has been active in spring training with a batting average of .250 in 7 games played and hit a grand slam versus the Boston Red Sox over the weekend. As a squad, the Rays nailed a batting average of .235, an OBP at .317, a slugging rate of .344, and a team ERA of 4.61 with a WHIP at 1.38.

 

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Tampa Bay Rays vs Atlanta Braves Predictions 3/31/2022

 

The Atlanta Braves will be taking every team’s challenges as the defending world champs in major league baseball with their strongest band of batters while trying to get back from their last 7-10 loss versus a good team of the Red Sox.

 

The Braves tied with the NY Mets at 6-3 in the Grapefruit League Conference with a team percentage of .667 while collecting 50 runs but wasted 45 for a run difference of +5 on the season.

 

Atlanta will need a strong offensive production from their key players to bounce back from their last three-run loss to Boston and regain the solo lead in the Grapefruit League on Thursday.

 

First Baseman Matt Olson (from the Oakland Athletics) filled the vacant position left by the Braves’ franchise player Freddie Freeman (now with the LA Dodgers) and Olson has been a good offensive player with 39 home runs in the 2021 season. Matt Olson played good defense at first base and the first baseman will make an impressive role both on the offense and on defense starting this spring training.

 

Atlanta marked a team batting average of .237, an OBP at .332, a slugging percentage of .363, and a team ERA of 3.38 with a WHIP at 1.07 and hit 8 home runs this spring training.            

 

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Atlanta Braves. The MLB Pick for this contest is Atlanta -130. It’s been a rough spring training tour for the Rays and they will be losing their edge versus the reigning MLB champions, the Braves.

 

One World Series seems not enough for Atlanta and they’ve been at high gear this pre-season with a team BA at .237, a slugging rate at .363, and a team ERA of 3.38. Prediction: The Atlanta Braves will win at 6-1.   

 

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Tampa Bay Rays vs Atlanta Braves 3/31/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 1:05 PM ET

 

Location: CoolToday Park in North Port, Florida

 

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2022

 

TV: Bally Sports Network

 

MLB Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta Braves -130 (-2.5)      

 

MLB Totals: 5.5

 

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