The Tampa Bay Rays are set to take on the Miami Marlins on June 5, 2024, at loanDepot Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 6:40 PM under partially cloudy skies. Zach Eflin will be starting for the Rays, bringing a 4.119 ERA into the game, while Braxton Garrett, owning a 4.563 ERA, will take the mound for the Marlins.

As we delve into the league standings for 2024, the Rays are currently 8th in the AL East Division with a record of 30-31, indicating a .49 winning percentage. They’ve won 10 out of 23 divisional matchups, placing them 3rd in their division. Their recent performance includes 5 wins in the last 10 games, with a two-game winning streak. At home and away, the Rays have records of 17-18 and 13-13, respectively, scoring a total of 243 runs and conceding 292.

In contrast, the Marlins find themselves at the bottom (15th place) of the NL East Division standings, with a disappointing record of 21-40, equating to a .34 winning percentage. They’ve secured only 4 victories in 16 divisional games, positioned 5th in the division. The Marlins are currently on a three-game losing streak, with home and road records of 11-22 and 10-18, respectively, having scored 224 runs and allowed 310.

Regarding the odds for this matchup: the point spread is set at 1.5, the over/under is pegged at 7.5, and the MoneyLine bets are -128 for the Rays (away team) and +109 for the Marlins (home team). These figures suggest a slight edge for the Rays, making them the favorites in this encounter. Bettors and fans should consider these insights as they analyze what promises to be an intriguing battle between these two teams.