Pittsburgh Pirates vs Tampa Bay Rays 6-26-22

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Tampa Bay Rays 6/26/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Tampa Bay Rays 6/26/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Pittsburgh Pirates will meet with the Tampa Bay Rays in MLB action in Tropicana Field, FL, on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at 1:40 PM ET. The Rays might completely dominate the Pirates on Sunday.


Pittsburgh entered the series having defeated the Cubs in three of the previous four matches, and it seemed as though the team’s dormant bats woke up.


The Pirates produced 32 runs throughout the four games, and the call-up of top prospect Oneil Cruz seemed to give them a fresh lease on life. However, a trip to Tampa Bay seemed to have somewhat calmed the Pirates down.


The Pirates are able to display their youthful potential this season, complementing a few young veterans that the Bucs signed this summer as part of their future plans, despite their recent defeats.


Roansy Contreras, a right-handed pitcher, will start Sunday’s game and make his seventh overall start. Although he did not have any quality starts this year, he is returning from a strong outing in which he allowed only four hits and one run in five innings in a victory over the Cubs.


  • The total went OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s previous 6 matches. 
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates are 5-14 SU in their last 19 matches. 
  • Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in their last 6 matches against Tampa Bay.

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Tampa Bay Rays Predictions 6/26/2022


The Rays lost seven of their previous nine games and were in a slump going into this series. The Rays fell all the way to fourth place in the division during that period, trailing only Boston, Toronto, and the dominant New York Yankees.


For the faltering Rays, Pittsburgh may be the cure-all. The series was won by Tampa Bay in game 1 (4-3) and game 2 (6-5) respectively, thanks to Isaac Parades’ scorching bat. Parades, who earlier this week hit 3 home runs in a game against the Yankees, led the Rays to win with a solo home run and a two-run single.


After having a difficult week leading up to this series, the Rays are attempting to recover in the AL East. The Rays played a lot of close games this season, as usual, but despite being 7 games above.500, they only have a +17 run differential.


Shane McClanahan, the Rays’ star pitcher, will take the mound on Sunday. In almost every significant measure, including quality appearances, innings, wins, strikeouts, ERA, WAR, and WHIP, he is the club leader.


McClanahan only pitched six innings in five of his previous six starts, but he is 4-1 over that timeframe, which speaks much about Tampa Bay’s excellent bullpen.


  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 matches against Pittsburgh. 
  • The Rays are 6-2 SU in their previous 8 matches at home. 
  • The total went OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 7 matches at home against Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Tampa Bay Rays. The MLB pick for this game is the Tampa Bay Rays. This appears to be a respectable pitching imbalance to the Rays’ advantage. McClanahan pitches against a Pirates squad that is batting just.225 against left-handed pitchers this year with his powerful left arm.


Additionally, McClanahan averages over 12 Ks per 9 innings, and the Pirates rank 28th in strikeouts per game against him.


The Rays’ batters should be able to deal enough damage with Contreras, who did not have a strong start yet this year and will probably be replaced by Pittsburgh’s questionable bullpen by the middle innings.


Last but not least, the Rays have a remarkable 26-15 home record this year. The Tampa Bay Rays will win to a predicted score of 5-3.


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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Tampa Bay Rays 6/26/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 1:40 PM (EDT)


Location: Tropicana Field, FL


Date: Sunday, June 26, 2022




MLB Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -164


MLB Totals: 7


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