Tampa Bay Rays MLB Betting Odds

Tampa Bay Rays MLB Betting Odds

Tampa Bay Rays MLB Betting

At first glance, the immediate reaction to the Tampa Bay Rays' success is that they are defying gravity. And in a sense, that is true. Tampa Bay plays in an American League East Division that includes two mega-payroll teams in the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Most seasons, the Rays have the lowest payroll in the division, with only the Baltimore Orioles in the same low-rent district. And yet, somehow, the Rays manage to win. In fact, Tampa Bay defeated the New York Yankees en route to the 2020 American League pennant. How do the Rays do this? Tampa Bay takes the old Moneyball tactics of the Oakland A's to the next level. They use analytics to rate players like stocks on the market. Somehow it works consistently well. Tampa Bay is expected to be in the thick of the American League pennant race again for 2021.

Tampa Bay Rays at a Glance

Manager: Kevin Cash

Home Stadium: Tropicana Field

World Series Championships: None

League Pennants: 2 ( Last, 2020 )

Division Titles: 3 ( Last, 2020 )

Odds to Win World Series: +3518 (March 2021)

Odds to Win American League Pennant: +1600 (March 2021)

2021 Season Preview

In 2020 Tampa Bay finished 40-20 with rankings of 12th for run production and 3rd for staff earned run average. The Rays had bizarre pitching metrics in which they ranked 30th for quality starts but third for the bullpen.

Manager Kevin Cash filled the enormous shoes of Joe Maddon, who made his fame as the man that won at Tampa Bay without an extensive payroll lineup. Cash has led the Rays to the postseason the past two years and has a .522 career winning percentage with Tampa Bay. He is finally getting his due as one of the best managers in baseball.

Designated hitter Austin Matthews was a 2019 American League All-Star. That season Matthews his 33 home runs and posted a .922 OPS.

Second baseman Brandon Lowe was All-MLB second team last year. Lowe hit 14 home runs in just 56 regular season games with a .916 OPS.

Number one in the starting pitcher rotation is right hander Tyler Glasnow. Last year Glasnow was 5-1 with a 4.08 earned run average.

The Rays will have three projected closers for 2021 with Peter Fairbanks, Diego Castillo, and Nick Anderson. Anderson posted six saves, and an 0.55 earned run average with a WHIP of 0.49 last season.

2021 Tampa Bay Rays Schedule

April 1-3: at Miami Marlins

April 5-7: at Boston Red Sox

April 9-11: New York Yankees

April 12-15: Texas Rangers

April 16-18: at New York Yankees

April 19-21: at Kansas City Royals

April 23-25: Toronto Blue Jays

April 26-29: Oakland Athletics

April 30-May 2: Houston Astros

May 3-6: at Los Angeles Angels

May 7-9: at Oakland Athletics

May 11-13: New York Yankees

May 14-16: New York Mets

May 18-20: at Baltimore Orioles

May 21-24: at Toronto Blue Jays

May 25-27: Kansas City Royals

May 29-30: Philadelphia Phillies

May 31-June 3: at New York Yankees

June 4-June 6: at Texas Rangers

June 8-9: Washington Nationals

June 11-13: Baltimore Orioles

June 14-16: at Chicago White Sox

June 17-20: at Seattle Mariners

June 22-24: Boston Red Sox

June 25-27: Los Angeles Angels

June 20-30: at Washington Nationals

July 2-4: at Toronto Blue Jays

July 5-7: Cleveland Indians

July 9-11: Toronto Blue Jays

July 16-18: at Atlanta Braves

July 19-21: Baltimore Orioles

July 22-25: at Cleveland Indians

July 27-29: New York Yankees

July 30-August 1: Boston Red Sox

August 2-4: Seattle Mariners

August 6-8: at Baltimore Orioles

August 10-12: at Boston Red Sox

August 13-15: at Minnesota Twins

August 16-19: Baltimore Orioles

August 20-22: Chicago White Sox

August 24-25: at Philadelphia Phillies

August 27-29: at Baltimore Orioles

August 30-September 2: Boston Red Sox

September 3-5: Minnesota Twins

September 6-8: at Boston Red Sox

September 10-12: at Detroit Tigers

September 13-15: at Toronto Blue Jays

September 16-19: Detroit Tigers

September 20-22: Toronto Blue Jays

September 24-26: Miami Marlins

September 28-30: at Houston Astros

October 1-3: at New York Yankees

Statistics By Year (2010)

2020 40-20 21-9 19-11 +1284 27-30-3 1st
2019 96-66 48-33 44-32 -59 77-75-10 2nd
2018 90-72 51-30 39-42 +2,350 73-82-7 3rd
2017 80-82 42-39 38-43 -650 78-81-3 3rd
2016 68-94 36-45 32-49 -3,012 78-75-9 5th
2015 80-82 41-40 39-42 -542 73-76-13 4th
2014 77-85 36-45 41-40 -2,654 74-79-9 4th
2013 92-71 51-30 41-41 +77 76-78-9 2nd
2012 90-72 46-35 44-37 +602 64-91-7 3rd
2011 91-71 47-34 44-37 +870 65-88-7 2nd
2010 96-66 49-32 47-34 +294 73-82-7 1st

Year-By-Year History (2010)

2020 40-20 1st Lost World Series
2019 96-66 2nd Lost LDS
2018 90-72 3rd -
2017 80-82 3rd -
2016 68-94 5th -
2015 80-82 4th -
2014 77-85 4th Lost ALDS
2013 92-71 2nd Lost ALDS
2012 90-72 3rd -
2011 91-71 2nd Lost ALDS
2010 96-66 1st Lost ALDS
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