Rays vs Brewers Series Odds: Veteran Starting Pitchers on Mound for Milwaukee

Tampa Bay, Milwaukee still Have Work to do In Pursuit of Postseason

Struggling Teams Set to Square off in Milwaukee

Both the visiting Tampa Bay Rays and the Milwaukee Brewers have been struggling a bit since the MLB All-Star breaks heading into a two-game series starting on Tuesday. The Rays vs Brewers Series Odds favor the home team.

Tampa Bay is 7-9 and has fallen into third place in the American League East Division. Milwaukee is 8-7 and has lost 2.5 games in the standings to the St. Louis Cardinals. Looking at the Milwaukee Brewers standings are two games behind St. Louis in the NL Central.

While there isn’t much of a difference between the home and road records for Milwaukee, winning away from home has been a bit of a struggle with a 25-29 record.

Milwaukee (+3300) is tied for eighth in the betting odds on World Series while Tampa Bay checks in at +5000.

Rays vs Brewers Game Information

    • Matchup: Tampa Bay 58-50 (third in the AL East) Milwaukee 58-50 (second in the NL Central)
    • Location: American Family Field, Milwaukee
    • Date/Time:

Rays vs Brewers Probable Starting Pitchers

  • Tuesday: Jimmy Yacabonis (Rays) Freddy Peralta (Brewers)
  • Wednesday: Jeffrey Springs (Rays) Brandon Woodruff (Brewers)

Hits and Runs Hard to Come by for Rays

With 16 players having at least 14 at-bats for Tampa Bay since the MLB All-Star Game, it is pretty clear that the Rays are searching for answers.

Only the Seattle Mariners and Detroit Tigers have lower batting averages since play resumed than Tampa Bay’s mark of .235. A potential bright spot is that the Rays are third in the majors with 66 walks during that time; however, the 10 home runs are tied for the fewest in baseball during that stretch, and that factors into the Rays vs Brewers Series Odds.

Catcher Francisco Mejía and infielder Yu Chang have led the way with .389 and .381 batting averages. Brandon Lowe and Yandy Diaz have combined to hit five of the 10 home runs.

Tampa Bay has scored one run or less in four of its last 10 games.

Brewers Adjusting to Life Without Hader

Closer Josh Hader was having his issues in the latter stages of his time with the Brewers. He suffered three losses in a span of five appearances and had a stretch when he allowed nine runs in back-to-back outings.

However, since he was traded to the San Diego Padres, the Brewers are 0-5 in games decided by two runs or less. Only the Colorado Rockies have more blown saves since the MLB All-Star Game than the four by the Milwaukee bullpen. Milwaukee has just one save since Hader’s impressive six-year run with the Brewers came to an end.

Devin Williams has taken over as the closer but only has one save since Hader was traded. Williams has a 1.35 ERA over his last eight games but has also lost both of his decisions.

Who’s Hot

  • Randy Arozarena, Rays OF: Arozarena has seven hits with two doubles and four RBIs over his last four games.
  • Brad Boxberger, Brewers P: Boxberger has allowed one run in his last six outings.
  • Brooks Raley, Rays P: Raley hasn’t allowed a run in his last five appearances. He has allowed two hits in 5.1 innings during that stretch.
  • Rowdy Tellez, Brewers 1B: Tellez is hitting .386 with two home runs and five RBIs in six games in August.

Who’s Not

  • Shawn Armstrong, Rays P: Armstrong has allowed five hits and four runs in 4.1 innings over his last four appearances.
  • Yandy Diaz, Rays IF: Diaz is 0 for 19 in his last five games.
  • Brent Suter, Brewers P: Suter has allowed home runs in each of his last two appearances. He has a 7.71 ERA in two appearances in August.
  • Luis Urias, Brewers IF: Urias is 2 for 17 in five games in August.

Rays vs Brewers Injury Update

Tampa Bay lost outfielder Kevin Kiermaier (hip) and catcher Mike Zunino (shoulder) for the season. Outfielder Manuel Margot (knee) could return later this month. The pitching depth has been tested due to the absences of Nick Anderson (elbow) Shane Baz (elbow), JT Chargois (oblique), Yonny Chirinos (elbow), J.P. Feyereisen (shoulder), Josh Fleming (oblique), Tyler Glasnow (elbow) and Brandon McKay (shoulder) due injuries. All of them are expected back before the end of the regular season.

For Milwaukee, infielder Jace Peterson (elbow) and pitcher Adrian Houser (elbow) could return by the end of August. Catcher Omar Narvaez (quadriceps) is out indefinitely

Rays vs Brewers Betting Analysis

Just looking at the starting pitchers in the two-game series gives the edge to the Brewers when looking at the Ray vs Brewers Series Odds. Tampa Bay’s Springs has allowed 10 runs in his last 19.1 innings while Jimmy Yacabonis allowed three hits and three runs in less than an inning in his first outing for Tampa Bay after being acquired from Miami.

Peralta and Woodruff have had better seasons, but they know how to win games during pennant races.

Milwaukee has won five of its last six games against Tampa Bay. Each of the first two meetings between the teams finished as 5-3 wins for the Brewers. There were a total of 22 runs scored in the previous six matchups.
The visiting team has won five of the last six games in the series

Urias is hitting .375 with two home runs in two games against Tampa Bay this season. Diaz is hitting .429 and Mejia .400 against the Brewers.

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