The Tampa Bay Rays and Atlanta Braves will compete in interleague play on Sunday. The series has been competitive, with both teams taking one game. The Rays bested the Braves 7-6 on Friday. However, Atlanta battled back and won 9-0 on Saturday night.
The first pitch from Truist Park is scheduled for 1:20 PM ET. Rich Hill will throw for the Rays against Drew Smyly for Atlanta. The Rays will enter the contest as slight favorites.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Preview: Rich Hill on the Bump
The Rays have been one of the best teams in the American League East. However, to win this division, a team must be great because of the strength of the teams. Currently, the Red Sox are leading the American League East at 56-37.
The Rays are only 1.5 games back at 54-38. The team has been closing in on Boston’s lead in the past ten games. The Red Sox are 4-6, and the Rays are 7-3 in their past ten. If this trend continues, Tampa Bay will take over the division shortly.
Rich Hill, who will pitch for the team, has been dominant in 2021. This is amazing, considering Hill is 41 years of age. He has thrown like a pitcher in his prime.
Hill has a 6-4 record with a 3.74 ERA and 87 strikeouts. Location issues have been apparent with Hill at times throughout 2021, but he has been able to make pitches in crucial moments of games.
Atlanta Braves Betting Preview: What’s the Deal?
Are the Braves good or bad in 2021? The answer to this question varies every night of the week. On some nights, the team looks strong, but they have been masters of inconsistency. Ronald Acuna Jr., the team’s best player, recently tore his ACL, so things will not improve.
Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies must step up in the second half to get the Braves into the championship conversation. The team was the favorite to win the National League East in 2021.
Nevertheless, they are three games behind the Mets and under .500 on the season at 45-46. The whole division has been disappointing, but the Braves have headlined mediocrity.
Drew Smyly will be on the hill for the Braves. He is 7-3 with a 4.48 ERA. He has fanned 68 batters in 78.1 innings of work.
Rays vs. Braves Betting Odds & Lines
BetOnline has the Braves as favorites on the run line. Atlanta is an underdog on the moneyline at -101.
The Rays are -109 to win, and the over/under has been set at nine runs.
Free Betting Pick
Even though the Rays have a better record than the Braves, many people still believe Atlanta has an advantage. I like the Braves because of their potential. Even without Acuna Jr. in the lineup, the team can still perform.
Although, Atlanta has consistently let me down in 2021. I believe Rich Hill will put together a quality start in this game. A strong bullpen effort and a few runs from the Rays will push them over the Braves in this contest.