Free Pick Breakdown, Odds & Prediction: Rays vs. Giants (8/16/23) - Taking Vegas



Free Pick Breakdown, Odds & Prediction: Rays vs. Giants (8/16/23)

By TakingVegas Staff Writer
August 16, 2023
Photo by: Robert Edwards - USA Today Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays have been doing extremely well as they are second in the AL East with a 72-50 record right now. Right-hander Aaron Civale takes the mound and did not factor into the decision against the Cleveland Guardians as he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on seven hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

The San Francisco Giants have been doing well as they are currently second in the NL West with a 64-56 record. Rookie righty Ryan Walker will be on the mound in this game and is coming off a no-decision against the Tampa Bay Rays where he threw two shutout innings and allowed two hits without with a walk and four strikeouts. 

Match Details

Fixture: Tampa Bay Rays vs San Francisco Giants

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 16, 3:45 p.m. EDT

Venue Oracle Park in San Francisco, CA

Rays vs Giants Betting Odds

TeamSpread MoneylineTotal
Tampa Bay Rays-1.5 (+140)-118Over 9 (+102)
San Francisco Giants+1.5 (-166)-102Under 9 (-122)

Odds Subject to Change**

Rays vs Giants Key Stats

Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays have been one of the best at the plate as they are fourth in the majors with a .770 team OPS while averaging 5.16 runs per game. They have done extremely well on the road as in their 60 road games thus far, they have posted a .257/.326/.442 team slash line while scoring 5.13 runs per game. First baseman Yandy Diaz has been doing incredibly well as he has a .908 OPS with 16 home runs, 60 RBIs and 71 runs scored. 

Aaron Civale has been doing a great job on the mound this season as he is 5-3 with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP in 86.1 innings of work. He is pitching well as hitters have a .228 batting average against him this year. Civale faced the Giants once last season as a member of the Cleveland Guardians as he lost by going four innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits with one walk and five strikeouts.

San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants have been struggling offensively as they rank 23rd in MLB while scoring 4.38 runs per game and a .703 team OPS. They have been struggling at Oracle Park this year as in 62 home games, they have a .690 OPS while averaging 3.89 runs per game. First baseman LaMonte Wade has been doing well as he has a .258/.383/.406 slash line with 11 homers, 32 RBIs, 49 runs scored, and two stolen bases without being caught. 

Ryan Walker has been pitching extremely well as he is 4-1 with a 2.28 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP while throwing 43.1 innings in 31 games (nine starts). He has a solid walk-to-strikeout ratio right now as he has 12 walks compared to 48 strikeouts entering this game. Walker pitched against the Rays on Monday so it will be interesting to see how he does in this game.

Rays vs. Giants Prediction

We are in the rubber game of this series as the Giants were able to pick up a 7-0 home win. Ryan Walker already pitched in this series so these Rays hitters should do well seeing him once again. Even with Wander Franco not on the road trip, Tampa Bay should be the better offensive team. Aaron Civale has been dominant with a 2.13 ERA in eight road starts this season so go with the Tampa Bay Rays to win this game and the series. 

Betting Prediction: Tampa Bay Rays ML (-118)