MLB Picks: San Francisco Giants vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IAugust 2, 2013

MLB Picks: San Francisco Giants vs. Tampa Bay Rays

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    The Tampa Bay Rays are 23-12 against left-handed starting pitchers this season, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks on Friday as they take on the San Francisco Giants at Tropicana Field.

    Courtesy of SBR Forum, the Rays are minus-138 home favorites in the pro baseball odds, with the betting total sitting at seven in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this interleague matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way 

San Francisco Giants

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    The San Francisco Giants have won back-to-back games, including a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies as plus-112 road underdogs on Thursday.

    Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner is 6-2 with a 1.89 ERA in his last nine outings. 

Tampa Bay Rays

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    The Tampa Bay Rays suffered a 7-0 defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks as minus-177 home favorites last time out, but they still managed to put together a stellar 21-5 record in July.

    Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer has compiled a 4-0 record and 0.73 ERA in his last five trips to the mound. 

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Tampa Bay Rays, as they've gone 12-2 in their last 14 games against National League opponents.

    MLB Picks: Tampa Bay Rays minus-138

     

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