Rays vs Mets Odds, and Picks
- The Rays won a thriller against the Yankees, 8-7.
- New York fell to the Nationals on Monday, losing 10-3.
- Tampa Bay is 16-14 in their all-time history against the Mets.
The Rays (31-11) and the Mets (20-22) meet for a key interleague matchup. Tampa Bay is still leading the league, but has cooled off a bit since their red-hot start, while New York is currently fighting to stay afloat.
How to Watch
Tampa Bay held off a late surge by the Yankees on Sunday, winning the game 8-7, and splitting the series 2-2. The Rays are now 5-5 in their last 10 games, but played all of those games against the MLB’s 2nd-ranked team, the Orioles, and the perennially competitive Yankees, both division opponents. They’ll have the chance to continue leading the league’s toughest division with a more manageable schedule ahead.
The Mets were pummeled by the Nationals on Monday, continuing to slide. It’s been a disappointing year for New York, after they won 101 games last season. After starting out 14-7 in their first 21 games, the Mets have now gone 6-15 over their last 21 games. During that span, they’ve been outscored 109-70, watching their run differential drop from +23 to -16. They need to get back on track before it’s too late.
Both teams have capable starting pitchers on the mound for this game. The Rays will start Yonny Chrinios (2.22 ERA), while the Mets will start Justin Verlander (2.25 ERA). With the starting pitching matchup a push, I’d shift my focus towards the pitching staff as a whole, where the Rays hold the MLB’s lowest ERA. Additionally, they also rank #1 in runs scored on offense, which should help them get past the flailing Mets.