St. Louis Cardinals at Tampa Bay Rays Odds, Picks & Prediction

The St. Louis Cardinals (50-65) and Tampa Bay Rays (69-47) Closes out the 3-game set at Tropicana Field on Thursday, first pitch at 6:40 p.m. ET (MLB Network). Let’s analyze the lines around BetMGM Sportsbook. Cardinals vs. Rays odds and make our expert MLB picks and predictions for the best bets.

Series Season: Draw 1-1

The Cardinals won the series with a 6-4 win on Wednesday. In fact, they could have easily won both games. But they let 4 runs in Tuesday’s 7th and 8th innings, falling 4-2. St. Louis is 4-6 and 8-12 over the past 10 and 20 games, respectively. It’s still 11 1/2. Games in NL Central and 9 1/2 from the NL Wild Card piers.

The Rays are in a bit of a slump as they are 9-11 in the last 20 and 12-18 in the last 30. They sit 2 games in the AL East but own the top AL Wild Card spot, Tampa Bay. It’s a great home team at 38-20 and superior left-handed pitchers at 14-6.

Cardinals where the Rays projected their start.

L.H.P. Matthew Liberatore vs. RHP Zack Littell

Liberatore (1-4, 6.93 ERA) made his 10th start and 11th appearance. He has a 1.78 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9 and 5.5 K/9 in 37 2/3 innings.

  • Last Start: Lost 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 1 K last Thursday against the Minnesota Twins.
  • House/Street split: 0-2, 11.48 ERA, 2.10 WHIP, 4.1 K/9 in 4th street starts; 1-2, 4.44 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 6.3 K/9 in 5 starts and 1 road relief look.

Littell (2-2, 4.04 ERA) made his sixth start and 19th appearance. He has a 1.35 WHIP, 1.5 BB/9 and 7.8 K/9 in 35 2/3 innings for the Rays and Boston Reds. Sox

  • Last Start: Win 6 IP 0 ER 3 H 1 BB 1 K Friday against Detroit Tigers.
  • In 5 starts: 2-1, 2.45 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 6.9 K/9 in 18 1/3 IP.

Cardinals at Rays odds

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  • Moneyline (ml.): Cardinals +150 ($100 bet to win $150) | Rays -185 ($185 bet to win $100)
  • Running line (RL)/Anti-spread (ATS): Cardinal +1.5 (-125) | Ray -1.5 (+105)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 9.5 (O: +100 | U: -120)

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Cardinals the Rays picked and predicted.


Rays 6, Cardinals 4


Liberatore returned to face the team that drafted him. And instead, he’s not doing very well, allowing 2 ERs or less in just 2 of 7 starts. The Rays’ pens were a bit tired after Wednesday’s Bullpen game, but they were still good enough to finish.

Pass -185 and go to Win/Total section and get RAYS up 5.5 (-110).

Run line/anti spread

each game in this series, and nine of the last 10 games between these teams. settled in just one run I’d like a bit more than +105 because Littell doesn’t have sustained performance on the slopes. But I’m willing to take it considering the Rays’ pen is much better than St. Louis. Tampa has a bullpen ERA of 3.91 and the Cardinals are 4.42.

take time Radiation -1.5 (+105).

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This one is a little tricky as cards can run out fast and will have to fight back to get the Over. They’ve been 3-7 O/U for the last 10 years, and Tampa is 5-5. Wednesday’s game is over. And the Over are at 5-5 in the last 10 between the two teams.

sick Less than 9.5 (+100).

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