Tampa Bay Rays vs Philadelphia Phillies Prediction, 8/25/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Rays vs Philadelphia Phillies
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Location: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Odds/Point Spread: Tampa Bay (+110) Philadelphia (-141)
Zack Wheeler and the Philadelphia Phillies (63-61, 2nd in NL East) host the Tampa Bay Rays (77-48, 1st in AL East) at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday. The Rays open this matchup at +110 while the Phillies are coming in at -141. The O/U has been set at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers are Ryan Yarbrough and Zack Wheeler.
Tampa Bay is slugging .422 and have struck out 1,234 times, while drawing a walk on 466 occasions. They have 628 RBI's as well as 1,015 hits this year, while their team batting average is at .239. The Rays have earned 225 two-baggers as a unit and have smacked 169 balls out of the park. They have accounted for 664 runs scored and have an OBP of .319. As a unit, the Tampa Bay Rays are knocking in 5.3 runs per game, which has them at 2nd in MLB.
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The Rays have a team ERA of 3.69 this year (7th in the league), and the staff has struck out 1,177 hitters. They have walked 347 opposing players and their FIP comes in at 3.73 as a squad so far this year. Their K/BB ratio is 3.39 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.18. Rays pitchers have surrendered 139 home runs and 514 runs in total (11th in baseball).
The Rays relievers have recorded a save rate of 69.6% and has entered the game in 117 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 122 base runners on the campaign and 30.3% of them earned a run for their team. Rays relief pitchers have entered the contest with runners on 99 times in addition to having 140 appearances in high leverage situations. The Rays have sent 398 relief pitchers to the mound this year. The relief pitchers have racked up 69 holds this season (8th in MLB). They have recorded 32 saves on the year and have blown 14 of their 46 save opportunities.
The Rays have converted 70.1% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 10,128 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting 9th in baseball. The Tampa Bay Rays have a total of 3,376 putouts thus far, in addition to 1,065 assists and 65 errors. Their fielding rate is at .986 which ranks 10th in professional baseball, and have accumulated 811 double plays.
Yarbrough has thrown 468 innings and has earned 390 strikeouts during his pro baseball career. Yarbrough (35-20 career record) is the owner of a FIP of 3.99 while he has faced 1,940 opposing batters in the major leagues. His ERA is 4.11 (214 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.156. He has given up 439 hits (8.4 hits per nine innings) and has 103 walks.
The Philadelphia Phillies have tallied an on-base percentage of .317 and a team batting average of .238 on the season. They have been called out on strikes on 1,104 occasions (14th in MLB) and have 971 base knocks. Philadelphia has compiled 147 home runs so far this season to go along with 527 RBIs. The Phillies have a SLG% of .403 and they average 4.46 runs per game (16th in baseball). They have hit 199 doubles, while walking 435 times and putting up 553 runs.
The Philadelphia pitching staff have given up 575 runs on the season while having an ERA of 4.41 (530 earned runs conceded). They have surrendered 160 homers and they allow 4.78 runs per 9 innings (18th in the league). The Phillies are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.303 with a FIP of 4.27 as a unit this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 2.85 (1,117 strikeouts against 392 walks). They come in at 17th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 1,018.
Philadelphia bullpen pitchers have an inherited score rate of 44.2% out of 163 inherited runners. Their relievers have taken the field 126 times in high leverage situations and also on 107 occasions with runners on base. With 108 save situations, the Phillies have 48 holds and also 25 blown saves. They sit at 26th in the league with a save percentage of 53.7%, and they have dispatched 387 relief pitchers onto the diamond for the year. Philadelphia has had relief pitchers step onto the mound in 54 save chances and they have come away with 29 saves.
The Philadelphia Phillies have turned 107 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .983 (23rd in professional baseball). The Phillies have racked up 1,105 assists, 74 errors and are sitting with 3,248 putouts during this campaign. In 9,744 innings on the diamond, the Phillies have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 68.8% (24th in professional baseball).
In his MLB career, Wheeler has allowed 899 hits while earning 973 punch outs in 989 innings pitched. Wheeler (58-48 record in his career) is the owner of a 3.54 ERA while giving up 8.2 hits per 9 innings. He has allowed 389 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.235 and a FIP of 3.5. His K/BB ratio is 3.02 and he has faced 4,137 batters thus far in his career.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (+110)
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