Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Free Preview

Victor TrejosArticles, MLB

The Baltimore Orioles are set to host their divisional rival Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards. The game gets underway 7:05 p.m. ET and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will showcase the matchup.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles Odds

The Orioles are 29-73 straight up (SU) and 41-61 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 39.6 units for moneyline bettors and 27.8 units (ATS). The Rays have gone 52-50 SU this year and are 57-44 ATS. Overall, the team’s accumulated 7.5 units for moneyline gamblers and 14.1 units ATS.

Baltimore games have had an over/under record of 41-57-4 in 2018. The Rays have also been a decent under bet with a total record of 43-55-3.

Right-hander Hunter Wood will get the start for the visiting Rays. Wood is 0-0 with a 2.93 ERA and 14 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Orioles this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Orioles are turning to righty Alex Cobb (2-13, 6.17 ERA), who has 67 punchouts and 28 walks to his name as well as a WHIP of 1.57. Cobb is 0-2 with five strikeouts and a 6.97 ERA over two starts against Tampa Bay this year.

As a unit, Baltimore’s pitching staff has given up 5.2 runs per game overall this year. Its starters have an ERA of 5.30, a WHIP of 1.48 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.4. The bullpen has a 4.28 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 8.2 K/9. In 41 divisional games, Orioles starters have an ERA of 6.02 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.88.

The Baltimore offense is putting up 3.6 runs per outing, including 3.8 per game against divisional foes and 4.4 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .260/.312/.457 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that span.

Manny Machado has helped lead the Orioles’ offense this season with 24 home runs, 65 RBIs, 48 runs and eight steals.

In the other dugout, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.76 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 9.00 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.64, along with a WHIP of 1.19.

Rays hitters have slashed .254/.326/.395 on their way to 4.2 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.0 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Tampa Bay’s offense has been led by Matt Duffy. Duffy is slashing .305/.359/.396 with four home runs, 28 RBIs and 34 runs scored.

The Rays just got a 3-2 victory over the Yankees, while the Orioles are coming off of a 7-6 win against the Red Sox.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Orioles, ATS Winner – Rays, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in five of Tampa Bay’s last seven outings.
  • The Rays have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.
  • Tampa Bay has recorded 25.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 17.6 over its last five.
  • The Rays have won three of their last four games SU.