Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays Matchup

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The Baltimore Orioles will be taking the field against their AL East foe Tampa Bay Rays in a Thursday night game. The game gets underway 7:10 p.m. ET and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will be airing the matchup.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays Odds

The Orioles have gone 7-12 SU this year and are 7-11 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 3.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline in the season’s early going, despite having lost 4.0 units ATS. Baltimore’s covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Rays, on the other hand, are 14-4 SU and 13-4 ATS. The team has gained 7.7 units for moneyline bettors and 9.5 units ATS. Tampa Bay has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Rays games have an over/under record of 5-11-1 so far in 2019. Baltimore has an over/under record of 11-7.

The right-handed Andrew Cashner is the projected starter for Baltimore. Cashner is 3-1 with a 5.31 ERA and nine strikeouts. This is his first outing against Tampa Bay this year. He made three starts against the team in 2018, posting a 1-1 record with a 4.00 ERA and eight strikeouts.

The Rays are putting the ball in the hands of righty Hunter Wood (0-0, 0.00 ERA), who has five strikeouts and zero walks, along with a 1.00 WHIP. Wood made two starts against the team in 2018, compiling a 0-0 record in 2018, posting a 0-0 record with a 7.11 ERA.

Tampa Bay’s pitchers have given up 2.4 runs per game overall this season as a unit. Its starting pitching staff has a 1.54 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 11.0 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.27 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 9.6 K/9. In five divisional games, Rays starters have an ERA of 1.31 and the bullpen’s ERA is 5.01.

The Tampa Bay hitters are putting up 5.0 runs per outing, including 6.4 per game against divisional foes and 6.4 per game over their last five. The team has hit .304/.390/.591 over its last five matchups and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Rays’ offense has been led by Austin Meadows and Brandon Lowe. Meadows is hitting .349/.423/.683 with six home runs, 17 RBIs and nine runs scored, and Lowe’s line is .300/.358/.617 with five homers, 13 RBIs and 10 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Baltimore’s pitchers have allowed 6.2 runs per game and its starters own a 5.44 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 6.42 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 6.67, along with a WHIP of 1.40 and a K-per-9 of 8.20.

The Orioles offense has slashed .223/.294/.364 on its way to 4.3 runs scored per game in 2019, including 4.0 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

Baltimore’s hitters have been led by outfielder Trey Mancini and second baseman Jonathan Villar. Mancini is slashing .320/.373/.640 with six home runs, 12 RBIs and 18 runs scored, while Villar is slashing .273/.333/.442 with three homers, nine RBIs and 13 runs scored.

The Rays have gained 3.6 units and are 9-4 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s hit in five of those games, compared to seven that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers.

Orioles vs. Rays Free MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has cashed in three of Baltimore’s last seven games.
  • The Orioles have a total OPS of .658 this season and an OPS of .662 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Rays’ OPS stands at .802 overall and .818 against righties.
  • The Orioles have lost three of their last four games SU while the Rays have taken eight of their last nine.
  • Tampa Bay has recorded 28.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 27.2 over its last five.
  • The Orioles have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rays have hit 17 over their last 10.