Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays Free Preview

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The Baltimore Orioles will head south to take on their divisional foe Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The game gets underway 7:10 p.m. ET and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will be showing the matchup.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays Odds

Tampa Bay (-165) is favored over Baltimore (+155) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this one at 8 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total stand at -110 for both the over and the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds standing at -140 for the Orioles +1.5 runs and +120 for the Rays -1.5 runs.

The Rays are 56-56 straight up (SU) and 61-51 against the spread (ATS). The team has gained 4.1 units for moneyline bettors and 11.4 units (ATS). The Orioles have gone 34-78 SU this year and are 47-65 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 37.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 27.4 units ATS.

Rays games have an over/under record of 49-60-3 in 2018. Baltimore has also been a decent under bet with a total record of 49-59-4.

As a unit, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have yielded 4.2 runs per game overall this season. Its starting pitching staff has a 3.79 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.99 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 8.3 K/9. In 44 divisional games, Rays starters have an ERA of 5.11 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.16.

The Tampa Bay offense has put up 4.2 runs per contest, including 4.0 per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over its last five. The team has hit .224/.356/.346 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Rays’ hitters have been led by third baseman Matt Duffy and first baseman C.J. Cron. Duffy is slashing .301/.353/.383 with four home runs, 31 RBIs and 39 runs scored, while Cron’s line is .250/.320/.476 with 22 homers, 56 RBIs and 52 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Baltimore’s pitchers have allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.43 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 7.40 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.32, along with a WHIP of 1.50.

Orioles hitters have slashed .237/.300/.396 on their way to 3.9 runs scored per game this season, including 4.4 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Baltimore’s hitters have been paced by right fielder Adam Jones and shortstop Manny Machado, who’ve collectively blasted 35 home runs. Jones is slashing .282/.311/.424 with 11 home runs, 44 RBIs and 43 runs scored, while Machado (.315/.387/.575) has produced 24 homers, 65 RBIs and 48 runs scored.

The Rays have lost 5.2 units and are 39-39 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 38 of those games, compared to 38 that’ve hit the under against righty starters.

Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays Prediction

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has cashed in six of Baltimore’s last seven games.
  • Tampa Bay has posted 21.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 18.2 over its last five.
  • The Orioles have hit 18 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rays have hit eight over their last 10.