Wei-Yin Chen (3-2, 4.22 ERA) and the Miami Marlins (22-21) go up against Matt Moore (1-3, 5.09 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (20-21) in the first of a two-game interleague series at Marlins Park. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 23 and will air on FSFL and SUN.
In his most recent outing, Chen pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs (one unearned) and striking out six in a 3-1 loss to the Phillies. Marcell Ozuna (.311, 26 Rs, 8 HRs, 22 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. The Rays were unsuccessful against the Athletics 7-6 the last time Moore pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out three and walking one. Steve Pearce (.312, 16 Rs, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Rays, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
The Marlins are a -120 favorite and the total is 7.5.
Pick - TB
When leading after seven innings, Tampa Bay is 8-8, while Miami is 7-10.
The Rays are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Marlins have a record of 6-8 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 14-4. The Marlins have a 17-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Miami and Tampa Bay both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Miami sits at 23rd with 168 runs this season and Tampa Bay ranks 21st with 174.
Ranking 11th, Tampa Bay is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.739). Miami ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .752.
When the Rays allow at least one home run, they are 8-20. When the Marlins allow one or more homers, they have a 9-10 record.