For my first tip, I am going with the Tampa Bay Rays because the Rays are a much better team with a 25-15 record. The Rays are going with Ryne Stanek who has a record of 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 16 appearances as a reliever. He is also on two days rest after pitching an inning against the New York Yankees. The Rays have succeeded even with the many injuries in there starting rotation. Stanek should go more than three innings against the weak Marlins lineup. The bullpen has been very solid during the stretch where Blake Snell, Tyler Glasnow, and many others have gone down with injuries.
On the other hand, the Miami Marlins are 10-30 and are going with Jose Urena. Urena has really struggled this season with a 1-5 record with a 4.82 ERA. Another advantage for the Rays is Urena pitches better on the road and struggles at home. At home, Urena has a record of 1-3 while posting a 5.86 ERA. Even though Urena has had longer appearances recently and has a track record of pitching better against the Rays, I cannot see him getting enough run support against the well-rounded Rays lineup. Also, the Marlins have a right- handed heavy lineup and Kevin Cash (Rays manager) is one of the most analytical managers in the league when it comes to matchups. Until the Marlins get more offense from anyone besides veteran Neil Walker, I believe fading the Marlins is the best bet until they show some life in the near future.
Pick: Tampa Bay Rays ML (1.50/-200)
Adding one more play to the card tonight. I am shifting over to the NBA for this one. Tonight will be game one of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors depth will be tested again against a red- hot Bucks team lead by Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks have only lost one game in these playoffs, while the Raptors are coming off a thrilling game seven victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Bucks won the regular season series 3-1 and should continue the dominance they have shown throughout the playoffs. Malcolm Brogdon will also be reinserted back into the starting lineup which is a plus for the Bucks. Another stat that is important is the Bucks were 33-8 at home this season. The Raptors are also missing a pretty solid bench player for the rest of the playoffs (OG Anunoby), who averaged 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 33.2 percent from 3pt range in just 20.1 mins per game. I see the Bucks taking game one of the series without a problem.
Pick: Milwaukee Bucks -6 (1.86/-116)