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Picks, predictions for Braves vs. Rays on Sunday, July 9

Teddy Ricketson shares their top picks on DraftKings Sportsbook for Braves-Rays on Sunday, July 9th.

Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Zach Eflin (24) delivers a pitch to the plate during the MLB regular season game on Independence Day between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays on July 04, 2023, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves (60-28) and the Tampa Bay Rays (57-35) will wrap up their three-game series on Sunday, July 9. First pitch from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida is set for 1:40 p.m. ET. Atlanta will start Bryce Elder (7-1, 2.45 ERA), while Tampa Bay counters with Zach Eflin (9-4, 3.24 ERA).

The Rays are the -120 moneyline favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook. The Braves are the +100 underdogs, and the run total is set at eight. After the All-Star break, Atlanta will return home and welcome the Chicago White Sox to town for a three-game series starting on Friday, July 14. Tampa Bay will go on the road for a three-game set against the Kansas City Royals beginning Friday.

Braves-Rays picks: Sunday, July 9th

Injury report

Braves

Day to day: RP A.J. Minter (pec)

Rays

Day to day: SP Tyler Glasnow (hands/leg), RF Josh Lowe (bereavement)
Out: SP Shane McClanahan (back)

Starting pitchers

Bryce Elder vs. Zach Eflin

The Atlanta All-Star will be taking the mound for the 18th time this season. He hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in four consecutive starts. Elder allowed two earned on seven hits over 6.2 innings against the Cleveland Guardians his last time out. He struck out one and walked two, but it was enough to pick up his seventh victory of the year.

Eflin will make his 17th start on Sunday. He is in the midst of a career year in his first season with the Rays. His last time out saw him give up two earned runs on four hits over seven innings against the Philadelphia Phillies. Eflin struck out nine hitters but ended up taking his fourth loss.

Over/Under pick

The run totals in this series have ended at three and seven, respectively. The Braves’ pitching staff has nullified the Rays’ lineup. Taking the under with these teams is risky because of their scoring abilities. Still, the pitching staffs have been putting on a clinic. Barring implosions on the mound by Elder and/or Eflin, this one should see the under hit.

Pick: Under 8

Moneyline pick

Despite the best start in the league to begin the year, the Rays have dropped seven straight games heading into Sunday. The Braves are riding a three-game win streak and have won nine of their last 10 games. Tampa Bay needs the All-Star break to reset, but barring a bad game from Elder, Atlanta should pull off another sweep to end the first half.

Pick: Braves