Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays Matchup

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The Tampa Bay Rays are set to host their division rival Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. The game gets underway 6:10 p.m. ET and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network is in line to televise the matchup.

Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays Odds

The Orioles are 41-100 SU and are 58-82 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 48.7 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 36.0 units ATS. Baltimore is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven. The Rays, on the other hand, are 76-64 SU and 77-62 ATS. They’ve gained 18.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 16.4 units ATS. Tampa Bay has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the under has cashed in three of those seven.

Rays games have had an over/under record of 59-75-5 in 2018. Baltimore has also been a decent under bet with a total record of 61-74-5.

Right-hander David Hess is getting the start for Baltimore. Hess is 3-9 with a 5.27 ERA and 55 strikeouts. He’s 2-0 with 10 strikeouts and a 2.79 ERA against Tampa Bay this year (three starts).

The Rays are putting the ball in the hands of Diego Castillo (3-2, 3.48 ERA), who’s got 47 strikeouts and 16 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.02. Castillo is 0-0 with two strikeouts and a 9.00 ERA against Baltimore this year.

Tampa Bay’s pitchers have allowed 3.9 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. 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 3.63 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 8.2 K/9. In 63 divisional games, Rays starters have an ERA of 4.82 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.42.

The Tampa Bay hitters have put up 4.3 runs per outing, including 4.2 per game against divisional foes and 6.8 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .276/.367/.523 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that span.

Third baseman Matt Duffy and second baseman Joey Wendle have led the Rays’ batters this year. Duffy is slashing .294/.354/.368 with four home runs, 40 RBIs and 51 runs scored, and Wendle is batting .296 with seven homers, 49 RBIs, 51 runs and 12 stolen bases.

For the visiting squad, Baltimore’s pitching staff allowed 5.5 runs per game and its starters own a 5.43 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 7.07 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.89, along with a K-per-9 of 8.14.

Orioles hitters have slashed .239/.299/.394 on their way to 3.9 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.4 runs per game against divisional foes and 2.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (1-4 SU).

Outfielders Adam Jones and Trey Mancini continue to lead Baltimore’s offense. Jones is hitting .285/.317/.429 with 14 home runs, 55 RBIs and 51 runs scored, while Mancini is hitting .241/.299/.412 with 21 homers, 51 RBIs and 60 runs scored.

The Rays have gained 8.7 units and are 53-46 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s hit in 46 of those games, compared to 50 that’ve gone under.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • Baltimore has recorded seven extra-base hits over its last five contests. Tampa Bay has 22 XBH over its last five.
  • The Orioles have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rays have hit 13 over their last 10.
  • Tampa Bay has recorded 25.9 runs + hits + errors per game over its last 10 outings and 26.0 over its last five.
  • The Orioles have lost six of their last seven games SU while the Rays have taken five of their last six.