Phillies vs Cubs: Best prop bets, TV schedule & betting preview for June 29th

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Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper celebrates after his RBI double during the fifth inning in Game 4 of the baseball NL Championship Series between the San Diego Padres and the Phillies on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Philadelphia Phillies are back in action later today as they kick off a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. With an explosive weekend in the rear view mirror, can they kick back into gear on the 4th of July?

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Phillies vs Rays info

Date: Tuesday, July 4th 
Time: 4:10PM ET
Location: Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay
TV channel: MLB TV

Phillies vs Rays Betting odds

Money line: Philadelphia Phillies (+120) | Tampa Ba Rays (-140)
Run Line: Philadelphia Phillies +1.5 (-170) | Tampa Bay Rays -1.5 (-145)
Run total: Over/Under 8 (-110)

Pitching matchup

Aaron Nola (7-5, 4.51 ERA) vs Zach Eflin (9-3, 3.29 ERA)

The two former Phillies teammates will lock horns this evening in what promises to be a really exciting matchup. Eflin had a great month of June, posting a 3.26 ERA, giving up 11 runs over his last 4 games, at least showing some level of vulnerability in what has otherwise been a stellar breakaway campaign.

Nola’s season has been up and down. He’s given up 17 runs over his last 5 but has struck out 37 batters in that span. Eflin has struck out 34 over his last span, potentially leading us to what could be a very low-scoring game if both batters are able to stay clinical at the mound.

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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Phillies vs Rays Betting preview

This will be a real test for Aaron Nola. Where the Rays and Phils differ is in offensive efficiency. Tampa Bay ranks second in runs scored, home runs, AND slugging. Led by Yandy Diaz and his stunning .312 batting percentage, the Rays have ripped through the best the MLB has to offer this season, and we all know that Aaron Nola is prone to the occasional day of misfires.

My bet for tonight is a contrarian one – betting the over. With two great pitchers, we see a low total of 8. However, the Phillies and Rays have both been electric over the past month. They rank 3rd and 4th in runs per game over their last 3, and Tampa Bay is averaging 5.86 per game at home. I like the over here, especially if Nola is a little slower than usual.

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Philadelphia Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto, right, celebrates his solo homer with Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper during the 10th inning in Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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