St. Louis and Tampa Bay meet each other for the first time since 2017, opening a three-game interleague series at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, so let’s see what’s the best Cardinals vs. Rays betting pick for Tuesday, June 7, 2022. The visitors shoot for their third consecutive win, while the Rays want to avoid their third straight loss in front of the home fans.
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Cardinals vs Rays Betting Pick
This game will be played at Tropicana Field at 7:10 AM ET on Tuesday, June 7, 2022.
Why Bet The Rays:
✅ Dakota Hudson will get the nod for the Cardinals, carrying a sharp 2.96 ERA across ten starts (51.2 IP). However, the 27-year-old righty is not the same pitcher when playing on the road. Hudson has allowed three or more earned runs in four of his five outings away from home in 2022. He’s 1-2 with a 4.68 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in five starts on the road this season.
✅ Jeffrey Springs will get the ball for the Rays, and the 29-year-old lefty is one of the pleasant surprises of the 2022 season. Through six starts and eight relief appearances (38.1 IP), Springs has registered a shiny 1.88 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 40/8 K/BB ratio. He’s 1-2 with a 2.49 ERA over his previous five starts.
✅ Despite some serious injury problems, the Rays’ bullpen continues to impress. It has recorded a strong 2.21 ERA and 2.76 FIP over the last ten days while striking out 10.1 per nine innings. The Cardinals’ bullpen has posted a 4.40 ERA and 3.94 FIP in that span.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cards are coming off a 5-3 11-inning victory at the Chicago Cubs this past Sunday. They clinched a five-game NL Central series at Wrigley Field in Chicago, improving to 32-23 on the season. St. Louis is second in the NL Central, only half a game behind the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Cardinals own the fourth-highest scoring offense in baseball, tallying 4.89 runs per game. They surrender 3.91 runs in a return (7th in the MLB), and the Cards’ pitching staff is allowing a .246/.320/.392 batting line (.316 wOBA).
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays just dropped a three-game home series against the Chicago White Sox. After a 6-3 victory in the opener, Tampa Bay has lost two in a row, 3-2 and 6-5. The Rays fell to 31-23 on the season, trailing the AL East-leading New York Yankees by huge eight games.
Tampa Bay misses Wander Franco, and the budding star should remain on the IL for at least a week. The Rays are scoring 4.13 runs per game (tied-20th in the majors). But in the last couple of weeks, they’ve slashed only .201/.277/.329, posting the second-lowest OPS in the big leagues.