Jake Odorizzi (6-6, 2.86 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (54-55) take on Jacob deGrom (10-6, 2.09 ERA) and the New York Mets (58-50) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the first of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. The Mets come into this series riding a six-game winning streak. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 7 and can be seen on SUN and SNY.
Odorizzi pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out five and walking one in a 4-3 defeat to the Red Sox. Logan Forsythe (.280, 45 Rs, 13 HRs, 50 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with two runs and one RBI. deGrom went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 3-2 defeat to the Nationals in his most recent start. Yoenis Cespedes (.294, 66 Rs, 18 HRs, 66 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 Wednesday with one run and one RBI.
The odds for Tampa Bay and New York are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Against the NL, the Rays have a 7-5 record SU. The Rays have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.5 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.7 runs per game. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Rays, who have a team ERA of only 3.60. The Rays are the top team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 7.9 hits per game so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Rays, who lead the AL in strikeouts per home game with 8.8.
New York is 5-4 SU against teams in the AL. Offensively, the Mets have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 3.7 runs per game by averaging 5.2 during that stretch. New York's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL, with a 3.27 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Mets are the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.16 for the season.
The Rays have a 34-43 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when deGrom takes the mound. Odorizzi (RHP) will be on the hill against the Mets, who have a 47-40 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM
Tampa Bay recorded at least two errors for the 11th time this season.
The Rays managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mets who are coming in with an 8-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 10-35. The Mets have a 13-41 record when opponents outhit them.
New York ranks in the bottom half of the league at 16th when it comes to home runs, hitting 96 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top half at 13th with 100.
Both Tampa Bay and New York are tied at 15th in hits, notching 8.08 per game.
Tampa Bay and New York both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Tampa Bay sits at 21st with an OPS of .697 and New York ranks 28th with an OPS of .674.
The Mets are 23-34 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rays are 25-40 when they allow at least one homer.