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Colorado Rockies vs Tampa Bay Rays 8/23/2023 Analysis, Game Tips and Picks

Rockies (48-76) vs Rays (75-51)

Colorado Rockies vs Tampa Bay Rays 8/23/2023 — On Sunday afternoon, Colorado’s hopes of completing a sweep against the White Sox were dashed as they stumbled in the game’s later stages. This loss prevented the Rockies from achieving a triumphant series sweep at home. As of Tuesday, the Rockies found themselves at the bottom of the NL West standings with a season record of 48-76. Their position placed them a considerable 28.5 games behind the division-leading Dodgers. In terms of securing the final wild-card spot in the National League postseason race, they trailed by a margin of 16.5 games behind the Giants. Despite the setback on Sunday, several players contributed to Colorado’s performance, including Charlie Blackmon (who managed two singles, two runs, and two RBIs), Harold Castro (two RBIs), and Michael Toglia. In a losing effort, Blackmon also slammed his eighth home run of the year.

Following a two-day rest, Tampa Bay entered this series after splitting a doubleheader with the Angels on Saturday, successfully clinching two of the three games in that series. The Rays carried a record of 75-51 into Tuesday’s game, positioning them a mere three games behind the Orioles in the AL East standings. With a 5.5-game lead over Toronto, they maintained the top wild-card position in the American League, keeping themselves on the favorable side of the playoff qualification line. Noteworthy from Saturday’s game, Josh Lowe collected three hits for Tampa Bay, driving in a run and three RBIs, despite their overall outcome being unsuccessful.

Colorado Rockies vs Tampa Bay Rays Game Info

Time: 6:40 PM ET.

Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Venue: Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, FL

TV: Bally Sports Sun

Rockies SP Austin Gomber (9-9, ERA: 5.52) and Rays SP Aaron Civale (6-3, ERA: 2.44)

Austin Gomber will make his 26th start of the season for the Rockies at third base in this contest. In 130.1 innings of work this season, he has a record of 9-9, a 5.52 ERA, a 1.473 WHIP, 39 walks, and 82 strikeouts. Gomber had no influence on the choice for his most recent start against Arizona last Wednesday at home. He pitched 5.1 innings in a game that the Rockies eventually lost 9-7, surrendering six runs on seven hits, three walks, and one strikeout. Gomber has a record of 1-1, a 4.41 ERA, a 1.71 WHIP, seven walks, and five strikeouts in 16.1 innings thrown across his past three starts.

Aaron Civale made four starts for the Rays since being acquired from Cleveland last month, giving him 17 for the season. He has a 6-3 record, a 2.44 ERA, a 1.116 WHIP, 24 walks, and 69 strikeouts over 92.1 innings of play. Civale’s most recent start, against the Giants on the road last Wednesday, was successful. He threw six shutout innings, allowing five hits, one walk, and five strikeouts in the Rays’ 6-1 victory. In his previous three starts, Civale was 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, two walks, and 11 strikeouts in 15.1 innings pitched. Civale makes his major league debut against the Rockies in his 80th total start.

Odds/Point Spread: Tampa Bay Rays -270, Total Odds: 8.5

Gomber had a strong previous outing against Arizona, surrendering only two earned runs in eight of his nine innings pitched. He has to contend with a Tampa Bay team with a potent squad and the ability to inflict damage immediately. Civale is still adjusting to pitching for the Rays after being with the Guardians because of all the injuries Tampa Bay’s staff has sustained, but he will be heavily relied upon. We know Colorado’s subpar road offense this season, which ultimately proves to be their demise. In this game, take the Rays since they will win in Civale’s favor.

Colorado Rockies Betting Trends

  • Colorado is 1-5 SU in their last 6 matches against the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • The Colorado Rockies are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games on the road.
  • Colorado is 1-6 SU in their last 7 games on the road against Tampa Bay.
  • The total went OVER in 6 of Colorado’s last 7 games against an opponent in the American League.

Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends

  • The total stayed UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 7 matches with the Rockies.
  • The total went OVER in 5 of the Rays’ last 6 games at home.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games at home against Colorado.
  • Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the National League West Division.

Colorado Rockies vs Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends

Colorado Rockies vs Tampa Bay Rays: Tampa Bay will pick up a victory at home on Wednesday versus Colorado, but the play here is OVER. The OVER has cashed in five of Colorado’s last six and seven of Tampa Bay’s last nine. Colorado starter Austin Gomber was hit hard last time, allowing six runs across 5 ⅓ innings, while Tampa Bay starter Aaron Civale has allowed five runs across 15 ⅓ innings and three starts since being acquired from Cleveland. 

Free Pick and Prediction: Tampa Bay Rays will win 9-2. 




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