Brewers vs Rays Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for May 19 (Tampa Bay Batters Pounce on Houser's Struggles)
The Milwaukee Brewers (24-19) and Tampa Bay Rays (32-13) are set to collide in their first matchup of a three-game series beginning on Friday, May 19.
Brewers vs Rays Game Info
- Date: Friday, May 19, 2023
- Time: 6:40 p.m. ET
- Venue: Tropicana Field -- St. Petersburg, Florida
- Coverage: ESPN+
Both sides are hoping to return to the win column tonight. The Brewers look to bounce back following Wednesday's disappointing 3-0 loss to the lowly St. Louis Cardinals. Meanwhile, the Rays hope to avoid their third straight loss after losing 3-2 to the New York Mets less than 24 hours ago.
Brewers vs Rays Odds & Spread
- All MLB betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Moneyline: MIL: (+215) | TB: (-260)
- Spread: MIL: +1.5 (+102) | TB: -1.5 (-122)
- Total: 7.5 -- Over: (-118) | Under: (-104)
The Rays enter this contest as home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 6:40 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 7.5 runs with the Over being favored at -118 odds.
Brewers vs Rays Betting Trends
- Milwaukee is 4-2 straight up (SU) in its last six games.
- Tampa Bay is 17-3 SU in its last 20 home games.
- The total has hit the under in six of Milwaukee's last nine games against the American League.
- The total has hit the under in seven of Tampa Bay's last 10 games against Milwaukee.
Brewers vs Rays Prediction & Pick
The Brewers will have a tough time winning this one with starting pitcher Adrian Houser taking the mound. The 30-year-old veteran arm has struggled with consistency since his return from a groin injury, giving up five runs on 15 hits in 8.2 innings over two starts, tallying a 5.19 ERA along the way.
Meanwhile, the Rays' Shane McClanahan has been the complete opposite. McClanahan has pitched like an AL Cy Young candidate (+440 odds, No. 2 on FanDuel Sportsbook) thus far, pacing the MLB with a perfect 7-0 record through nine starts while also boasting a 2.34 ERA and 61 strikeouts through 50 innings.
Not only are the Brewers at a pitching disadvantage, but they also have dropped seven of their past nine road games, whereas the Rays are 17-3 SU in their last 20 home outings. With Milwaukee having been outscored 23-4 in its last two games alone, I like Tampa Bay's odds of winning.
Final Score Prediction: Rays: 6 | Brewers: 2
Brewers vs Rays Best Bet
I'm backing the Rays to cover as the 1.5-point favorites as tonight's best bet. After all, they're outscoring opponents by a whopping average of 4.4 runs whenever McClanahan takes the mound. They're also 14-8 ATS at Tropicana Field this year while the Brewers are just 11-11 ATS on the road.
Considering that the Brewers have also given up 7.7 runs in their last three outings, the Rays should win tonight by a decently sized margin.
Bet: Rays -1.5 (-122)
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