Chicago Cubs vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Preview (6/13/24): Starting Lineups, Player Stats, & Injuries

Written By Editorial Team on June 13, 2024
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Cubs vs Rays Preview

The Chicago Cubs are set to play against the Tampa Bay Rays at 6:50 p.m. ET today. The game will take place at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, and will be broadcast on MARQ. Betting odds favor the Cubs moneyline at -118, with the Rays close behind at -101. This matchup promises a competitive game for teams from the NL Central and AL East.

Cubs vs. Rays pregame odds for June 13

Today’s MLB game at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, presents betting opportunities with the Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays. The moneyline across most Ohio sportsbooks shows the Cubs slightly favored. The over/under is consistent at 7.5, indicating expectations for moderate scoring. For bettors looking at the run line, DraftKings and BetMGM offer the Cubs at -1.5, with a payout of 145, highlighting the close competition expected in St. Petersburg.

  • Bet365: Cubs -120, Rays +100, over/under 7.5
  • BetMGM: Cubs -115, Rays -105, over/under 7.5
  • Caesars: Cubs -115, Rays -105, over/under 7.5
  • BetRivers: Cubs -114, Rays 1-04 over/under 7.5

MLB odds are subject to changes for the Cubs vs. Rays.

Cubs vs. Rays projected starting lineups for 6/13

Cubs starting lineup tonight

  1. DH Mike Tauchman (L)
  2. RF Seiya Suzuki (R)
  3. CF Cody Bellinger (L)
  4. 3B Christopher Morel (R)
  5. LF Ian Happ (S)
  6. 2B Nico Hoerner (R)
  7. 1B Michael Busch (L)
  8. SS Dansby Swanson (R)
  9. C Miguel Amaya (R)

Rays starting lineup tonight

  1. 1B Yandy Díaz (R)
  2. LF Randy Arozarena (R)
  3. DH Richie Palacios (L)
  4. 3B Isaac Paredes (R)
  5. 2B Amed Rosario (R)
  6. RF Jonny DeLuca (R)
  7. SS José Caballero (R)
  8. CF Jose Siri (R)
  9. C Alex Jackson (R)

Cubs vs. Rays Projected Starting Pitchers For June 13

(CHC) Justin Steele (L)0-33.651.1522.96.4
(TB) Taj Bradley (R)1-45.171.1829.87.6

Projected lineups and injuries are pulled from Sportsdata.

Cubs vs. Rays Injuries For Thursday

Chicago Cubs: Key relievers Yency Almonte and Adbert Alzolay are on the injured list with shoulder and forearm strains, respectively. Julian Merryweather (rib stress fracture) and Ben Brown (neck strain) are also out. Starter Caleb Kilian is sidelined with a Teres Major strain.

Tampa Bay Rays: Randy Arozarena is listed as probable with hamstring tightness. Wander Franco is out indefinitely due to a personal matter. Drew Rasmussen is recovering from an arm surgery and will miss a significant portion of the 2024 season. Richard Lovelady (forearm flexor strain) and Jeffrey Springs (elbow) are on the injured list.

Chicago Cubs Team Stats

Heading into their next matchup at, the Chicago Cubs hold a record of 33-35, positioning them fourth in the NL Central. With a batting average of .23 and 67 home runs this season, their offensive stats are notable. On the mound, a team ERA of 3.94 and 600 pitching strikeouts highlight their defensive efforts. The Cubs’ Wednesday win against the Tampa Bay Rays saw them secure a victory with 4 runs, 9 hits, and 9 strikeouts, setting the stage for an intriguing rematch.

  • Runs per game: 4.3
  • Team average: .23
  • Team home runs: 67
  • Team Stolen bases: 53
  • Team ERA: 3.94
  • Team pitching strikeouts: 600

Tampa Bay Rays Team Stats

The Tampa Bay Rays are fifth in the AL East as they prepare for their home game against the Chicago Cubs at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg. The Rays stand with 32-36. Their batting average is .232, with 53 home runs this season. Defensively, the Rays have an ERA of 4.38 and 587 strikeouts. In their last encounter with the Cubs, they lost scoring just 2 runs, 10 hits, and 9 strikeouts.

  • Runs per game: 3.9
  • Team average: .232
  • Team home runs: 53
  • Team Stolen bases: 65
  • Team ERA: 4.38
  • Team pitching strikeouts: 587

Player Stats for Chicago Cubs vs. Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday

The Chicago Cubs’ Christopher Morel stands out with his 13th home run of the season against the Tampa Bay Rays. Cody Bellinger leads the Cubs with a .267 batting average, making him a key player for Chicago. On the Rays’ side, Isaac Paredes leads in batting average (.291), home runs (10), and RBIs (38), highlighting his all-around contribution. José Caballero’s speed on bases with 22 stolen bases adds a dynamic aspect to the Rays’ game.

Chicago Cubs Leaders Ahead of Tonight’s Game

Christopher Morel’s recent home run elevates his status, contributing significantly to the Cubs’ performance. Cody Bellinger’s batting average positions him as a crucial player for the team.

  • AVG Leader: Cody Bellinger .267
  • HR Leader: Christopher Morel 13
  • RBI Leader: Christopher Morel 40
  • Runs Leader: Mike Tauchman 37
  • SB Leader: Nico Hoerner 9

Tampa Bay Rays Leaders Ahead of Tonight’s Game

Isaac Paredes showcases his prowess across multiple categories for the Rays, making him a pivotal figure. José Caballero’s base-stealing ability poses a significant threat to opponents, with 22 on the season. He also led the Rays in runs.

  • AVG Leader: Isaac Paredes .291
  • HR Leader: Isaac Paredes 10
  • RBI Leader: Isaac Paredes 38
  • Runs Leader: José Caballero 30
  • SB Leader: José Caballero 22
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