Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago Cubs Prediction, Betting Tips & Picks 4/18/2022

by | Apr 18, 2022

The Chicago Cubs (5-4) are the underdogs on the moneyline (+125) in Monday’s contest against the Tampa Bay Rays (5-4). The game starts at 7:40 PM ET. The Cubs are favored against the spread in this one () with odds. Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan gets the start, and he’ll go against Chicago’s Kyle Hendricks.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago Cubs: Predictions, Betting Odds, Spread, Line

Rays vs Cubs Betting Information
Favorite Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds
Rays -147 +125

Computer Predictions for Rays vs. Cubs

Our computer pick: Chicago Cubs (+125)

Rays vs. Cubs Game Info

  • Tampa Bay Rays probable starting pitcher: Shane McClanahan
  • Chicago Cubs probable starting pitcher: Kyle Hendricks
  • Game Day: Monday, April 18, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:40 PM ET
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Stadium: Wrigley Field

Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago Cubs Pitching Matchup

McClanahan Hendricks
2 GS 2
0-1 W-L 0-1
3.00 ERA 7.00
9.0 IP 9.0
5 BB 7
15 SO 11

Rays Starter Shane McClanahan

  • McClanahan (0-1) starts for the Rays, his third this season.
  • In his most recent appearance on Wednesday, the lefty threw 4 2/3 innings against the Oakland Athletics, giving up three earned runs while surrendering two hits.
  • Opposing hitters have a collective batting average of just .188 against him this season. He has a 3.00 ERA and 15.0 strikeouts per nine innings over his two appearances.
  • He will face off against a Cubs offense that ranks second in MLB with 85 total hits (on a .281 batting average). The squad also slugs a collective .447 (third in MLB) with eight total home runs (16th in MLB).
  • This season, the 24-year-old ranks 32nd in ERA (3.00), 40th in WHIP (1.222), and second in K/9 (15.0) among qualifying pitchers.

Cubs Starter Kyle Hendricks

  • Hendricks heads to the mound for the Cubs to make his third start of the season, seeking his first win.
  • The right-hander last pitched on Wednesday, when he threw 3 2/3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates, giving up six earned runs.
  • He has an ERA of 7.00, a 1.571 strikeout to walk ratio and a WHIP of 2.111 in two games this season.
  • In two starts, Hendricks has pitched through or past the fifth inning one time. He has a season average of 4.2 frames per outing.
  • The Rays have scored 42 runs this season, which ranks 10th in MLB. They have 77 hits, 10th in baseball, with seven home runs (20th in the league).
  • Among qualified pitchers in the majors this year, the 32-year-old ranks 65th in ERA (7.00), 70th in WHIP (2.111), and 15th in K/9 (11.0).

Rays Betting Picks & Insights

  • The Rays won 65, or 65.7%, of the 99 games they played as favorites last season.
  • Tampa Bay had a record of 45-21, a 68.2% win rate, when favored by -147 or more by oddsmakers last season.
  • The bookmakers’ moneyline implies a 59.5% chance of a victory for the Rays.
  • Tampa Bay and its opponents hit the over in 82 of their 161 games with a total last season.
  • The Rays were 66-51-0 against the spread last season.

Cubs Betting Picks & Insights

  • The Cubs were underdogs in 94 games last season and came away with the win 31 times (33%) in those contests.
  • Chicago had a mark of 19-40 in contests where bookmakers set them as +125 or longer on the moneyline.
  • The moneyline set for this matchup implies the Cubs have a 44.4% chance of walking away with the win.
  • Chicago’s games went over the total in 74 of its 155 opportunities.
  • The Cubs had an against the spread mark of 58-55-0 in 113 games with a line last season.

Rays Leaders & Batting Stats

  • Brandon Lowe put up 39 home runs and had 99 runs batted in last season.
  • Randy Arozarena hit .274 a season ago with 145 hits.
  • Yandy Diaz hit .256 last season with 20 doubles, a triple, 13 home runs and 69 walks.
  • Manuel Margot hit .254 with 18 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs and 37 walks.
Ji-Man Choi 8 .444 .630 .944 2 6 8
Wander Franco 9 .342 .350 .500 0 5 13
Brandon Lowe 9 .200 .293 .457 3 6 7
Manuel Margot 8 .367 .424 .400 0 5 11
Yandy Díaz 8 .231 .355 .269 0 2 6

Cubs Leaders & Batting Stats

  • Seiya Suzuki leads the Cubs in home runs (four), runs batted in (11) and has posted a team-high batting average of .400.
  • Among all batters in the big leagues, Suzuki ranks third in home runs and fourth in RBI.
  • Suzuki carries a five-game hitting streak into this matchup. During his last five outings he is batting .385 with two doubles, a home run, five walks and three RBI.
  • Willson Contreras is hitting .286 with three doubles, two home runs and two walks.
  • Contreras is 20th in home runs and 120th in RBI among all hitters in the majors.
  • Jonathan Villar is hitting .474 with two doubles and two walks.
  • Frank Schwindel is batting .257 with a double, a home run and two walks.
Seiya Suzuki 9 .400 .543 .960 4 11 10
Willson Contreras 7 .286 .375 .607 2 3 8
Jonathan Villar 5 .474 .500 .579 0 4 9
Frank Schwindel 9 .257 .297 .371 1 4 9
Nico Hoerner 9 .241 .241 .414 1 4 7

Betting Tips for Rays vs. Cubs

After digging through all of the key trends and stats for this matchup, our best bet is the Cubs on the moneyline at +125.

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