New York Mets vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 4, 2024 7:15 PM

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May 4, 2024 6:22 AM
The New York Mets are set to take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on May 4, 2024, at 7:15 PM. The Rays currently lead the series 1-0, and with the Mets boasting a 7-6 road record, they'll look to even the series in this crucial matchup. With the temperature expected to be a warm 83 degrees and zero precipitation, the stage is set for an exciting contest.
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New York Mets vs Tampa Bay Rays Probable Pitchers

Christian Scott, the probable starting pitcher for the New York Mets, is set to take the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays in their upcoming matchup, bringing his unique set of skills to the game. With Scott on the hill, the Mets are hoping to capitalize on his strengths to secure a win against their American League East foes.

As the Tampa Bay Rays take on the New York Mets, probable starter Zack Littell will look to build on his solid season stats, boasting a 3.27 ERA and 1.36 WHIP, in an effort to secure his second win of the year. With 35 strikeouts in 33 full innings pitched, Littell's ability to miss bats could be a crucial factor in containing the Mets' potent offense.

New York Mets Analysis

As the Mets prepare to take on the Rays, they'll be relying on Christian Scott to take the mound and set the tone for the game. Offensively, the Mets will need to capitalize on their opportunities, as their 17th-ranked run production and 28th-ranked strikeout rate suggest they'll need to be efficient with their at-bats. The Mets' bright spots come from Brett Baty's .271 batting average and Pete Alonso's 8 home runs, but they'll need to find ways to get Brandon Nimmo's 20 RBIs across the plate. With a team batting average of .237, the Mets will need to manufacture runs and capitalize on scoring opportunities to come out on top against the Rays.

Tampa Bay Rays Analysis

As the New York Mets prepare to face the Tampa Bay Rays, it's clear that the Rays' offense will be a force to be reckoned with. With Amed Rosario leading the charge with a .309 batting average, Tampa Bay's lineup is capable of putting up runs in bunches. The team's 108 runs scored, which ranks tied for 25th in the league, could be a conservative estimate given their 256 hits, which puts them at 13th in the MLB. Meanwhile, Isaac Paredes has been a power surge, slugging 7 home runs and driving in 17 runs, making him a key cog in the Rays' lineup. With Zack Littell on the mound, the Rays' pitching staff will look to contain the Mets' potent offense, but it's the Tampa Bay bats that could ultimately decide the outcome of this matchup.

New York Mets vs Tampa Bay Rays Injuries

Tampa Bay Rays

  • Evan Reifert (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Jonathan Aranda (2B): 10-Day-IL
  • Mason Auer (OF): Day-To-Day
  • Jose Siri (CF): suspension
  • Josh Lowe (RF): 10-Day-IL

New York Mets

  • Drew Gilbert (CF): Day-To-Day
  • Cristopher Larez (SS): Suspension
  • Jett Williams (SS): Day-To-Day
  • Drew Smith (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Tylor Megill (SP): 15-Day-IL

How to Watch the New York Mets vs Tampa Bay Rays

The New York Mets vs. Tampa Bay Rays game will be televised on FOX and is scheduled for Sat 7:15 PM.

New York Mets vs Tampa Bay Rays Betting Odds

The Tampa Bay Rays are favored to win the game, currently priced at -120, a slight adjustment from the opening odds of -125, while the Over/Under is set at 7.5. This suggests the Rays are expected to come out on top, with a relatively low-scoring affair anticipated.

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New York Mets vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction

I'm predicting a thrilling 5-4 Rays victory, with a few too many suspenseful moments for my heart's liking!

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MLB Player Prop Picks for Mets vs Rays

Christian Scott (TB) Over 4.5 Strikeouts Thrown +105
  • Grade: A-
  • Expected Value: +1.1%
  • Odds to Hit: 51.9%
  • Bet Units: 1.5
  • Fair Odds: -108
  • Market Width: 26
Z. Littell (TB) Under 4.5 Strikeouts Thrown +125
  • Grade: A-
  • Expected Value: +1.1%
  • Odds to Hit: 48.4%
  • Bet Units: 1.8
  • Fair Odds: +107
  • Market Width: 28
Harold Ramirez (OF) - TB Over 0.5 Singles -132
  • They're projected for 1.0 1B.
  • In games they had at least 2 at bats:
  • • Season 66.7% (18-9) (impl -200)
  • • Last 25 72.0% (18-7) (impl -257)
  • • Last 20 70.0% (14-6) (impl -233)
  • • Last 15 66.7% (10-5) (impl -200)
  • • Last 10 70.0% (7-3) (impl -233)
  • • Last 5 80.0% (4-1) (impl -400)
  • • Last 3 66.7% (2-1) (impl -200)

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