Tampa Bay Rays vs. St. Louis Cardinals odds, tips and betting trends | June 7

The Tampa Bay Rays (31-23) will host the St. Louis Cardinals (32-23), Tuesday at 7:10 PM ET, in the first of a three-game series.

The Cardinals are an underdog away (+123) at the Rays (-142). The Rays will give the ball to Jeffrey Springs (2-2) versus the Cardinals and Dakota Hudson (4-2).

The Rays’ matchup Tuesday versus the White Sox finished in a 6-5 loss. Mike Zunino went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the defeat, while Ryan Yarbrough threw 1 2/3 innings, giving up six earned runs on eight hits en route to taking the loss.

The Cardinals beat the Cubs 5-3 Tuesday, with Genesis Cabrera earning the win while pitching four innings, giving up one earned run on two hits while striking out five. Harrison Bader went 2-for-5 with a triple to lead the Cardinals’ offense.

Ahead of watching this Rays vs. Cardinals matchup, here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday’s action on the diamond.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. St. Louis Cardinals Odds and Betting Lines

Major League Baseball odds courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook. Odds updated Monday at 5:05 PM ET. For a full list of sports betting odds, access USA TODAY Sports Betting Scores Odds Hub.

  • Favorite: Rays (-142, bet $142 to win $100)
  • Underdog: Cardinals (+123, bet $100 to win $123)
  • Over/under: 7.5

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Rays Stats and Trends

Rays Betting Records

  • This season, the Rays have been favored 41 times and won 25, or 61%, of those games.
  • Tampa Bay has a record of 14-9 in games where bookmakers favor them by at least -142 on the moneyline.
  • The moneyline for this contest implies a 58.7% chance of a victory for the Rays.
  • Tampa Bay and its opponents have hit the over in 24 of their 54 games with a total this season.
  • The Rays are 25-29-0 against the spread this season.

Jeffrey Springs (Rays Probable Starter)

  • Springs (2-2) will take the mound for the Rays, his seventh start of the season.
  • The left-hander gave up two earned runs in five innings pitched on Thursday in his last outing, a matchup with the Texas Rangers.
  • The 29-year-old has pitched in 14 games this season with a 1.88 ERA and 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings with a batting average against of .187.
  • He has started six games this season, earning a quality start (6 or more IP, 3 or fewer ER) in one of them.
  • Springs has pitched five or more innings in three straight games and will look to extend that streak.
  • The Cardinals have scored 269 runs this season, which ranks fourth in MLB. They are batting .254 for the campaign with 55 home runs, 14th in the league.

Rays Batting Stats

  • The Rays rank 18th in Major League Baseball with 52 home runs.
  • The offense for the Rays has a slugging percentage of .374 this season, 21st in MLB.
  • Tampa Bay ranks 23rd in MLB with a .230 team batting average.
  • The Rays have scored 223 runs (4.1 per game) this season, which ranks 21st in MLB.
  • Tampa Bay has the 25th-ranked on-base percentage in MLB this season (.296).
  • The Rays are ranked 17th in strikeouts per game (8.5) among MLB offenses.

Cardinals Stats and Trends

Cardinals Betting Records

  • The Cardinals have come away with 15 wins in the 28 contests they have been listed as the underdogs in this season.
  • St. Louis has a mark of 2-4 in contests where bookmakers favor them by +123 or worse on the moneyline.
  • The moneyline set for this matchup implies the Cardinals have a 44.8% chance of coming away with a victory in the contest.
  • Contests with St. Louis have gone over the total set by sportsbooks in 27 of 56 chances this season.
  • The Cardinals are 31-24-0 against the spread in their 55 games with a line set by sportsbooks this season.

Dakota Hudson (Cardinals Probable Starter)

  • Hudson (4-2 with a 2.96 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings pitched) makes the start for the Cardinals, his 11th of the season.
  • The righty’s most recent appearance was on Wednesday against the San Diego Padres, when he threw seven innings, surrendering one earned run while allowing four hits.
  • In 10 games this season, the 27-year-old has put up an ERA of 2.96, with 4.9 strikeouts per nine innings. Opponents are batting .237 against him.
  • Hudson has collected four quality starts this season.
  • Hudson has pitched five or more innings in a game five times this season heading into this game.
  • The opposing Rays offense has a collective .230 batting average, and is 23rd in the league with 413 total hits and 21st in MLB play with 223 runs scored. They have the 21st-ranked slugging percentage (.374) and are 18th in all of MLB with 52 home runs.

Cardinals Batting Stats

  • The Cardinals rank 14th in MLB action with 55 home runs. They average 1.0 per game.
  • So far this year, the Cardinals’ .399 slugging percentage ranks 13th in baseball.
  • St. Louis ranks fourth in the league with a .254 batting average.
  • The Cardinals score the fourth-most runs in baseball (269 total, 4.9 per game).
  • St. Louis ranks fifth in baseball with a .323 on-base percentage.
  • The Cardinals strike out 7.4 times per game, the fifth-fewest mark in baseball.

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