The Tampa Bay Rays will look to avoid losing their fourth in a row as they play host to the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. The matchup will begin at 7:10 p.m. ET and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will broadcast the game.
Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays Odds
The Rays are 56-56 straight up (SU) and 61-52 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 5.1 units for moneyline bettors and 10.4 units (ATS). Tampa Bay has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Orioles have gone 34-78 SU this year and are 48-65 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 38.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 26.4 units ATS. Baltimore is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven.
Tampa Bay games have an over/under record of 49-61-3 in 2018. The Orioles have also been a good under bet with a total record of 49-60-4.
As a unit, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game overall this season. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 3.79, a WHIP of 1.21 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.1. The bullpen has a 3.99 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 8.3 K/9. In 44 games against AL East opponents, Rays starters have an ERA of 5.11 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.16.
Tampa Bay’s hitters have produced 4.2 runs per contest, including 4.0 per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .224/.356/.346 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that span.
The Rays’ offense has 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 is batting .250 with 22 homers, 56 RBIs and 52 runs.
For the visiting squad, 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 managed an ERA of 4.32, along with a K/9 of 8.23.
The Orioles offense has slashed .237/.300/.396 on its 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 contests (2-3 SU).
Outfielder Adam Jones and shortstop Manny Machado have paced Baltimore’s hitters. Jones is slashing .282/.311/.424 with 11 home runs, 44 RBIs and 43 runs scored, while Machado is slashing .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers, 65 RBIs and 48 runs scored.
The Rays have lost 4.2 units and are 39-40 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 38 of those games, compared to 39 that’ve gone under against righties.
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Predictions: SU Winner – Rays, ATS Winner – Orioles, O/U – OVER