Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago Cubs Prediction, Betting Tips & Picks 4/19/2022

by | Apr 19, 2022

The Tampa Bay Rays (5-5) and Chicago Cubs (6-4) meet Tuesday at Wrigley Field, with first pitch at 7:40 PM ET. The Rays are -115 moneyline favorites for the contest, however, the Cubs are favored against the spread of runs with odds. Tampa Bay’s Josh Fleming gets the start, and he’ll go against Chicago’s Justin Steele.

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 -115 -104

Computer Predictions for Rays vs. Cubs

Our computer pick: Chicago Cubs (-104)

Rays vs. Cubs Game Info

  • Tampa Bay Rays probable starting pitcher: Josh Fleming
  • Chicago Cubs probable starting pitcher: Justin Steele
  • Game Day: Tuesday, April 19, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:40 PM ET
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Stadium: Wrigley Field

Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago Cubs Pitching Matchup

Fleming Steele
1 GS 2
1-1 W-L 1-0
4.05 ERA 1.93
6.2 IP 9.1
1 BB 3
11 SO 9

Rays Starter Josh Fleming

  • Fleming (1-1) gets the start for the Rays, his second of the season.
  • His last appearance was on Thursday against the Oakland Athletics, when the lefty threw 3 1/3 innings, surrendering three earned runs while giving up seven hits.
  • Opposing hitters have compiled a batting average of .345 against him this season. He has a 4.05 ERA and 14.9 strikeouts per nine innings over his two games.
  • He will take the hill against a Cubs offense that ranks second in MLB with 92 total hits (on a .277 batting average). The team also slugs a collective .446 (fourth in MLB) with 10 total home runs (eighth in MLB).

Cubs Starter Justin Steele

  • The Cubs will send Steele to the mound for his third start of the season.
  • The left-hander’s last appearance was on Friday, when he threw 4 1/3 innings, giving up two earned runs while allowing five hits against the Colorado Rockies.
  • He has pitched to a 1.93 ERA this season with 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings compared to 2.9 walks per nine across two games.
  • In two starts, Steele has pitched through or past the fifth inning one time. He has a season average of 4.2 frames per outing.
  • The Rays rank eighth in MLB with a .248 batting average this season. They have a team slugging percentage that ranks 17th in the league (.376) and seven home runs.

Rays Betting Picks & Insights

  • This season, the Rays have won four out of the seven games in which they’ve been favored.
  • Tampa Bay has a record of 4-3 when favored by -115 or more by bookmakers this season.
  • The Rays have a 53.5% chance to win this game based on the implied probability of the moneyline.
  • Tampa Bay and its opponents have gone over the total this season in three of their 10 opportunities.
  • The Rays have an ATS record of 5-5-0 in 10 games with a spread this season.

Cubs Betting Picks & Insights

  • The Cubs have been chosen as underdogs in eight games this year and have walked away with the win five times (62.5%) in those games.
  • Chicago has a win-loss record of 5-3 when favored by -104 or worse by sportsbooks this year.
  • The moneyline set for this matchup implies the Cubs have a 51% chance of walking away with the win.
  • Contests with Chicago have gone over the total set by sportsbooks in four of 10 chances this season.
  • The Cubs have an against the spread mark of 7-3-0 in 10 games with a line this season.

Rays Leaders & Batting Stats

  • Ji-Man Choi is the Rays best hitter, putting together an average of .409 while also being the team’s top run producer, delivering seven RBI and crushing two homers.
  • Among all MLB hitters, Choi is seventh in batting average, second in on-base percentage, and sixth in slugging.
  • Choi carries a four-game hitting streak into this matchup. In his last five games he is batting .231 with a double, a home run, five walks and three RBI.
  • Wander Franco is batting .342 with four doubles, a triple and a walk.
  • Franco is 179th in homers and 55th in RBI among all hitters in baseball.
  • Brandon Lowe has hit a team-high three home runs.
  • Lowe will look to build on his three-game hitting in this matchup. During his last five outings he is hitting .111 with a home run, three walks and two RBI.
  • Manuel Margot has a double and three walks while hitting .355.
Name GP BA OBP SLG HR RBI H
Ji-Man Choi 9 .409 .581 .818 2 7 9
Wander Franco 9 .342 .350 .500 0 5 13
Brandon Lowe 10 .184 .289 .421 3 6 7
Manuel Margot 9 .355 .412 .387 0 5 11
Yandy Díaz 9 .267 .371 .300 0 2 8

Cubs Leaders & Batting Stats

  • Seiya Suzuki paces the Cubs in home runs (four), runs batted in (11) and has a team-best batting average of .429.
  • Among all hitters in MLB, Suzuki’s home run total is fourth and his RBI tally ranks fourth.
  • Suzuki carries a five-game hitting streak into this matchup. During his last five outings he is hitting .462 with two doubles, a home run, four walks and two RBI.
  • Frank Schwindel is hitting .256 with a double, two home runs and two walks.
  • Schwindel is 21st in homers and 55th in RBI among all hitters in the big leagues.
  • Willson Contreras has three doubles, two home runs and two walks while hitting .250.
  • Jonathan Villar is batting .450 with two doubles and three walks.
Name GP BA OBP SLG HR RBI H
Seiya Suzuki 10 .429 .564 .929 4 11 12
Frank Schwindel 10 .256 .293 .436 2 5 10
Willson Contreras 8 .250 .333 .531 2 3 8
Jonathan Villar 6 .450 .500 .550 0 4 9
Patrick Wisdom 10 .242 .297 .485 1 8 8

Betting Tips for Rays vs. Cubs

We have the Cubs on the moneyline at -104 on the moneyline as our best bet in this contest after taking a look at all of the key trends and stats for this matchup.

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