Tampa Bay Rays vs. Florida Marlins
The Tampa Bay Rays and Florida Marlins meet for game two their series at Tropicana Field on Saturday. The Rays are -130 favorites over the Marlins with an over/under run total of 8.5.
The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t gain any ground on the AL East leading Boston Red Sox but they didn’t lose any ground either as they got the win on Friday against the Marlins. Sean Rodriguez and Kelly Shoppach both homered as Rodriguez had two hits and four RBI’s, Evan Longoria had a hit and scored twice, and Matt Joyce had a hit and scored in the eight hit five run offensive output. Wade davis allowed six hits and a run over six innings of work to earn his sixth win of the year and Kyle Farnsworth pitched one and a third innings to earn his 15th save of the season. For Saturday’s game Tampa Bay starts Alex Cobb who is making his fifth start of his Major League career. For the season Cobb has allowed 23 hits and nine earned runs while striking out 17 in 22.2 innings of work.
The Florida Marlins continued their slide on Friday as they continue to look for answers. John Buck homered and Gaby Sanchez and Dewayne Wise each had two hits as Florida managed to score just one run off of eight hits. Brad Hand allowed three hits and three runs, two of them earned, over 4.1 innings of work to take his third loss of the season. For Saturday’s rematch against their in state rivals Florida starts Ricky Nolasco who has lost his last two decisions. For the season Nolasco has allowed 103 hits and 42 earned runs while striking out 73 in 89.1 innings of work.
Tampa Bay is 5-10 in their last 15 interleague games, 3-6 in their last nine against the National League East, and 3-7 in their last 10 interleague games against a right handed starter. Florida is 7-20 in their last 27 games overall, 0-6 in their last six road games, and 0-4 in Nolasco’s last four starts. Florida is 5-3 in the last eight meetings of these two.
Florida is just in a tailspin right now and just can’t be counted on to do anything. Take the Rays minus the 130.
Tampa Bay Rays -130 Florida Marlins