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Milwaukee Brewers vs Tampa Bay Rays 5/20/2023 Analysis, Picks and Odds

Milwaukee Brewers vs Tampa Bay Rays 5/20/2023 Analysis, Picks and Odds

The Milwaukee Brewers will go against the Tampa Bay Rays in MLB action in Tropicana Field, FL, on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 4:10 PM ET. As of Friday night, the Brewers still needed to select a starter for this game. On the IL, they have a few essential pitchers. A bullpen start or a combination of Eric Lauer and Colin Rea will be used. Lauer allowed two runs in 5.1 innings pitched last week in a 9-6 victory over the Royals. In 39.2 innings pitched, the veteran has a 4.54 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. Rea gave up three runs in 3.2 innings in his most recent appearance. He tossed 31 innings for the season, recording a 5.52 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Seasonally, the Brewers’ bullpen has a 3.95 ERA.

Last weekend, Milwaukee swept the Royals in three games before losing a series to a hot Cardinals team. Late in the month, they went on a six-game losing streak but bounced back by winning 6-4 of their last ten matches to maintain their lead in the NL Central. The Brewers are one game under .500 on the road and dropped three straight road series. Milwaukee is 20th in the league, with 4.26 runs scored per game. Their most vital position is in the pitching department, where they rank 12th with a 4.01 team ERA. The Brewers lead the NL Central.

The Milwaukee Brewers score 4.3 runs per game, with them at 20th in MLB. They have 183 runs while having a team on-base percentage of .316. The Brewers have accumulated 53 doubles as a team and have knocked 51 balls out of the stadium. They have 175 RBIs and 337 base knocks for the year, and their team batting average is at .239. Milwaukee is slugging .388 and has been called out on strikes 397 times while drawing a walk on 151 occasions.

  • The total went UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee’s last seven matches.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers are 4-1 SU in their previous five games against Tampa Bay.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers are 2-8 SU in their last ten matches on the road.

Milwaukee Brewers vs Tampa Bay Rays 5/20/2023 Analysis, Picks and Odds

Zach Eflin will take the field for the Rays. Even though Eflin’s last start against the Yankees saw him give up four runs on seven hits, including two home runs, in six innings, he still managed to win. Despite giving up four runs in back-to-back outings, the veteran had a strong season overall, posting a 3.38 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and a 5-1 record in 40 innings thrown. In his five career encounters with the Brewers, Eflin has a dismal 4.18 ERA and a 2-2 record. 

Tampa Bay returned home after playing seven games on the road and finishing with a 3-4 record. In two victories in four contests at Yankee Stadium, the bats contributed. They then traveled to Long Island and defeated the Mets twice in three games. In that series, they scored 17 runs, but the bullpen struggled. With 6.16 runs scored per game, Tampa Bay leads the major leagues and keeps producing at the plate. The pitching staff is top-notch, coming in second with a 3.38 team ERA. The Tampa Bay Rays lead the AL East. 

The Rays are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.155 and are the owners of a FIP of 3.94 as a staff this year. They are currently ranked 1st in the league as a staff in total hits relinquished with 318. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has allowed 156 runs this season and come in with a team ERA of 3.38 (150 earned runs conceded). They have made a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 8.50 (377 strikeouts against 143 free passes). They have surrendered 40 home runs and relinquished 3.52 runs per 9 innings (1st in the league).

  • The total went OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay’s last eight matches.
  • The total went UNDER in 8 of Tampa Bay’s last 11 games against Milwaukee.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays are 6-1 SU in their previous seven matches at home.

Milwaukee Brewers vs Tampa Bay Rays. The MLB pick for this game is the Tampa Bay Rays. The Milwaukee Brewers lost seven of their last nine games while playing on the road, where they are having trouble. This match will probably be a bullpen game, which is not the best strategy against the potent Tampa Bay offense. The Rays are still in excellent form, particularly at the Trop, where they only dropped one series all year. They have a dominant 19-3 record, making them the strongest home club in the major leagues. Zach Eflin, a starter for the Rays, is also having a fantastic season. In five of his seven appearances, the right-hander gave up three runs or fewer, and the Rays won all but one of his starts. The Tampa Bay Rays will succeed in a predicted score of 5-2.

MLB Starting Time: 4:10 PM ET

Location: Tropicana Field, FL

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2023


MLB Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -120

MLB Totals: 7.5


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