The Tampa Bay Rays continued their recent struggles on Sunday. They were hosting their divisional rivals, the Baltimore Orioles, trying to earn a split in their four-game series. However, Baltimore took the victory on Sunday. In doing so, the Orioles increased their lead to two games in the AL East division. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay has played just .333 baseball since June 17th.
Their fans will now have to keep an eye on the teams around them in the Wild Card standings. Meanwhile, anyone that wants to oppose Tampa Bay on sports futures will find odds that remain long for the time being.
Tampa Bay Rays: Struggles Since June 17th
- Formerly: 51 – 22 on June 17th, 2023
- Currently: 61 – 42 (overall)
- Recent form: 10 – 20 since June 17th, 2023
- Recent winning rate: .333
This is a team that has been on our watchlist for several weeks. Currently, they are +1075 to miss the playoffs, with 59 games remaining in their regular season schedule. That is plenty of time for Tampa Bay to turn things around. Furthermore, this is a team that is 19 games above .500 still.
But in bet365 betting futures, their odds of missing the playoffs have been shortening and shortening in recent weeks. It was early this month that the odds of them missing the postseason were set at +2500. In recent times, the odds have been slashed daily to what they are right now.
Tampa Bay Rays remain Wild Card No. 1 for now
The current Wild Card contenders in the American League are Houston, Toronto, New York, Boston, LA, Seattle, and Cleveland. All of these teams have been playing better than the Rays lately. In fact, if Tampa Bay struggles for just one more week, then it would be surprising if they were not in the Wild Card bubble. But following the weekend’s action, they are the first-placed Wild Card team in the AL.
For true odds, our opinion is that Tampa Bay is about +500 to miss the playoffs. Accordingly, they remain a value bet, in our view, at +1075 with bet365, our recommendation.
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