The Tampa Bay Rays are set to battle the Miami Marlins on June 5, 2024, at loanDepot Park, beginning at 6:40 pm under partly cloudy skies. Taking the hill for the Rays will be Zach Eflin, who holds a 4.119 ERA, while the Marlins counter with Braxton Garrett and his 4.563 ERA.

In the American League East, the Rays occupy the 8th spot with a 30-31 record, including a 10-13 mark within their division. The team is showing some momentum with a 2-game winning streak and a 5-5 record over their last 10 outings. Their home and away splits are nearly even, with a 17-18 record at home and a 13-13 tally on the road. The Rays have struggled in day games, winning 13, as opposed to 17 victories in night contests. Overall, they’ve scored 243 runs while allowing 292.

Conversely, the Marlins are struggling significantly in the National League East, sitting last with a 21-40 record, including just 4 wins in 16 divisional games. They’re currently on a 3-game losing streak, with a 4-6 record in their last 10 games. Miami has also faced challenges at home, posting an 11-22 record, compared to 10-18 on the road. They have amassed 224 runs but have given up a concerning 310 runs to their opponents.

When considering the betting odds, the Rays are slight favorites with a moneyline of -128 compared to the Marlins’ +109. Intriguingly, the point spread is set at 1.5, suggesting a possible close game scenario. The total runs (Over/Under) are marked at 7.5, pointing towards a potentially lower-scoring affair. These odds reflect the close competition expected and provide a comprehensive guide for bettors wagering on this matchup.