Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Preview

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The Tampa Bay Rays are set to square off against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will showcase the matchup and the game is scheduled to get underway at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays Odds

The Orioles are 41-101 SU and are 58-83 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 49.7 units for moneyline gamblers and 37.0 units ATS. Baltimore has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Rays, on the other hand, are 77-64 SU and 78-62 ATS. The team’s gained 19.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 17.4 units ATS. Tampa Bay has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in three of those seven.

Rays games have had an over/under record of 60-75-5 in 2018. The Orioles have also been a good under bet with a total record of 62-74-5.

Josh Rogers will get the nod for Baltimore. Rogers (1-1, 4.35 ERA) has recorded six punchouts in 10.1 innings so far. He has yet to face the Rays this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Rays will turn to righty Ryne Stanek (2-3, 2.65 ERA), who has 69 strikeouts and 22 walks as well as a WHIP of 1.04. Stanek is 0-1 with 11 strikeouts and a 6.75 ERA across three starts against Baltimore this year.

As a unit, Tampa Bay’s pitching staff has allowed 3.9 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have an ERA of 3.73, a WHIP of 1.18 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.4. The bullpen has a 3.66 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 8.2 K/9. In 64 games against AL East foes, Rays starters have an ERA of 4.80 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.47.

Tampa Bay’s offense is putting up 4.3 runs per contest, including 4.3 per game against divisional foes and 7.6 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .285/.369/.488 over its last five matchups and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

Third baseman Matt Duffy and second baseman Joey Wendle have led the Rays’ hitters this year. Duffy is hitting .297/.357/.371 with four home runs, 42 RBIs and 52 runs scored, and Wendle is batting .294 with seven homers, 51 RBIs, 51 runs and 13 stolen bases.

In the visiting dugout, Baltimore’s pitchers have allowed 5.5 runs per game and its starters own a 5.41 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 7.06 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.94, along with a K-per-9 of 8.16.

The Orioles offense has slashed .239/.300/.394 on its way to 3.9 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.4 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

Baltimore’s offense has been led by outfielders Adam Jones and Trey Mancini, who collectively have belted 35 home runs. Jones is slashing .285/.317/.429 with 14 home runs, 55 RBIs and 51 runs scored. Mancini (.242/.301/.412) has produced 21 homers, 51 RBIs and 60 runs scored.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has cashed in three of Tampa Bay’s last seven games.
  • The Orioles have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rays have hit 13 over their last 10.
  • Baltimore has averaged 23.6 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 contests and 20.2 over its last five.
  • The Orioles have lost seven of their last eight games SU while the Rays have won six of their last seven.