From Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, we have an interleague matchup between the Cubs and Rays. The money line odds have the Rays favored at -140, while the Cubs are at +119. The over/under line is currently at 7.5 runs.

Chicago comes into the game with a record of 32-34 and is 4th in the NL Central, while the Rays are 5th in the AL East with an overall record of 31-35. Zach Eflin is starting for the Rays, and the Cubs are sending Jameson Taillon to the mound.

TAMPA BAY RAYS VS CHICAGO CUBS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Tampa Bay Rays Moneyline -140

This game will be played at Tropicana Field at 6:50 ET on Tuesday, June 11th.

HOW TO BET THE CUBS VS RAYS:

  • We have the Rays winning by a score of 6 to 5
  • However, if you're looking for a run line pick, we like the Cubs to cover
  • As for an over/under pick, we have this game finishing with 11 runs and like the over

Cubs Records & Stats

Heading into their last game vs. the Reds, the Cubs closed out the series with a 4-2 win. Leading up to the game, they were the slight favorite at -133 on the money line. Offensively, the Cubs scored their four runs on 11 hits and didn't hit a home run.

Shota Imanaga got the start for the Cubs, going 6 2/3 innings, and picked up the win. He gave up just two runs on five hits and issued only one walk. The Cubs also got a big game from Seiya Suzuki, going 3/5 with a run scored.

Chicago is on the road to take on the Rays today with a record of 32-34, which has them seven games behind the Brewers for the NL Central lead. Currently, they are in 4th place in the division and have gone just 8-15 in divisional games this year.

At home, the Cubs have gone 18-13 this year compared to 14-21 on the road. As the underdog, Chicago has dropped four straight, and they are 16-21 as the underdog overall. The Cubs' overall series record is 8-11-2, and they lost their most recent series, dropping three of four games to the Reds.

The Cubs are 33-33 against the run line this season, and they are 21-14 on the road. They have covered the run line in three straight road games and are 25-12 as the underdog. Their average run differential in wins is +2.9, while it is -3.2 in losses.

When the Chicago Cubs are on the road, the over/under line is set at 7.5 runs. The Cubs' games have averaged 8.8 runs per game this season, and their over/under record is 30-33. The average over/under line for Cubs games this season is 8 runs, and when the line is set at 7.5 runs, their record is 8-7. So far this season, 63.6% of Cubs games have had over/under lines set higher than 7.5 runs, and their current under streak is at three games.

Right-hander Jameson Taillon gets the start for the Cubs today as he faces the Rays on the road. He has made nine starts this year and has a record of 3-2 with an ERA of 3.47. Taillon's WHIP for the season is 1.36, and he has turned in three quality starts. Looking back at his last outing, Taillon finished with a no-decision after giving up five earned runs in five innings of work. He has not taken the loss in any of his last three outings. Taillon has allowed at least one home run in four straight starts.

As a team, the Cubs are averaging 4.3 runs per game, which is 17th in the league. This is just a bit below their home average of 4.4 runs per game. Chicago's team batting average of .229 is 18th in the league, and they are also just 15th in home runs. However, the Cubs are 4th in walks and have a collective on-base percentage of .311.

Christopher Morel has struggled this season, batting just .203, but he does lead the team with 12 home runs and is 15th in the league with 39 RBIs. Morel has been hot of late, going 6/25 in his last seven games with two homers. Cody Bellinger and Michael Busch are also near the top of the Cubs home run and RBIs leaderboards.

Rays Records & Stats

The Rays will be looking to get back on track after closing out their series vs. the Orioles with a 5-2 loss. Tampa Bay was the +119 underdog at home going into this game. Things started off well for the Rays, as they got on the board with two runs in the 2nd inning but couldn't hold the lead. The Orioles scored a run in the 3rd to tie things up and added another two runs in the 5th to take the lead. Tampa Bay's offense scored their only other run in the 2nd.

Ryan Pepiot had a rough outing, giving up four earned runs on nine hits and issuing two walks. The Rays also wasted a big game from Alex Jackson, who homered in the 2nd inning, going 1/3.

Tampa Bay opens their series vs. the Cubs having lost four straight games, and they are 5th in the AL East, 15 games behind the Yankees. The Rays' overall record is 31-35, and they are 10-17 in AL East matchups this year.

At home, the Rays are 17-22 compared to 14-13 on the road. As the home favorite, Tampa Bay has gone 13-13 this year, and their overall record as the favorite is 20-19. Tampa Bay's four-game losing streak came at home, and they are 4-6 over their last 10 games.

Despite a run line record of 26-40, the Rays have been a profitable team to back on the run line on the road, where they are 15-12. They have lost seven straight run line bets at home, where they are 11-28. Their average run differential is -1.0 runs per game, and they are 13-26 against the run line when favored.

When the Tampa Bay Rays play at home, the over/under line is set at 7.5 runs today as they face the Chicago Cubs. The Rays have a combined run average of 8.7 runs per game this season, and their over/under record is 34-30. Their games have averaged an over/under line of 8 runs per game this season, and when the line is set at 7.5 runs, their record is 12-5. Overall, 69.7% of their games have had higher over/under lines than 7.5 runs this season.

Zach Eflin will be looking to build off his last outing, where he finished with a no-decision. Against the Marlins on June 5th, he went four innings, giving up two earned runs, three hits, and three walks. Eflin has made 11 starts this season and has a record of 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Looking back at his last four outings, Eflin has finished with a no-decision in three of them. His ERA for the season is 3.06 at home compared to 5.1 on the road. Eflin's WHIP for the season is 1.14.

So far this season, the Rays have been one of the worst offensive teams in the league, averaging just 3.9 runs per game (27th). They have been even worse at home, averaging only 3.7 runs per game. As a team, they are batting .232, which is 15th in the league, and their on-base percentage of .305 is 20th in the league. The Rays have the league's worst home run total and have the 24th slugging percentage in the league.

Isaac Paredes has been a bright spot in the Rays lineup so far, as he is batting .288 for the season and has a team-high 37 RBIs to go along with 10 homers. Yandy Diaz is also swinging the bat well of late, going 12/37 in his last nine games. He is also on a four-game hitting streak.