Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 15 (7/15): MLB

Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 15 (7/15): MLB

Credit: photo by Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 7:10 p.m. EST
Rays money line -126
Rays run line -1.5 (+165)
Orioles money line +106
Orioles run line +1.5 (-195)
Over / under 7.5

 

Key stats

  Tampa Bay Rays  Baltimore Orioles
Record 49-40 45-44
Home / road record 29-17 20-27
Last 10 record 6-4 10-0
Streak W4 W10
Over / under record 41-44-4 38-47-4
Runs / game 4.11 4.69
Runs allowed / game 3.83 4.15

 

Preview

The Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays will meet again to play  a 3-game series at the Tropicana Field. The Rays swept the Red Sox in their last series and the Orioles have swept the Cubs, the Angels and the Angels in their last 3 series. In the last 8 head to head games this season these teams are tied 4-4.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays get here with a 49-40 record and have won their last 4 games. The team is averaging 4.1 runs per game. They're batting for .238 AVG, 350 runs scored in 680 hits and 80 home runs, ranking #22 in offense in the league behind the Cincinnati Reds. Isaac Paredes leads the team in home runs with 13 while Yandy Diaz is batting for .299 and Randy Arozarena is leading in RBI's with 40.

Defensively they are allowing 3.8 runs per game and rank #6 in the league. Shane McClanahan (10-3) struck out six and allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings of three-hit ball. He leads the pitching staff with a 1.73 ERA, 147 strikeouts and 9 wins recorded with the Rays.

Probable Pitcher:  Luis Patino (0-1, 13.50 ERA)

Patino will be on the mound in the 4th game of the series for Tampa Bay. Patino was placed on the 60-day injured list in mid-April after suffering a blister. He will, however, return to the lineup on Friday, filling in for the injured Shane Baz (elbow). He has allowed 4 runs on 6 hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts in 3.1 innings versus the Orioles in his career.

Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles get here with a 45-44 record and have won 10 games in a row. The team is averaging 4 runs per game. They're batting for .229 AVG, 311 runs scored in 589 hits and 79 home runs, ranking #23 in offense in the league behind the Arizona Diamondbacks. Anthony Santander leads the team with 14 home runs and 39 RBI. Austin Hays is batting for a .283 avg.

Defensively they are allowing 4.3 runs per game and rank #20 in the league. Jordan Lyles leads the pitching staff with a 4.96 ERA, 70 strikeouts and 4 wins recorded.

Probable Pitcher:  Tyler Wells (7-4, 3.28 ERA)

Wells will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Orioles. In four innings of Friday's victory over the Angels, Wells gave up three runs on six hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. He did not facto in the decision. He has a 0-1 record with an ERA of 6.57 and 18 strikeouts in 6 appearances against the Rays in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

Baltimore Orioles are 0-9 SU in their last 9 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay.

Baltimore Orioles are 8-0 SU in their last 8 games against an opponent in the American League.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 12 games against Baltimore.

Tampa Bay Rays are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games at home.

Prediction

The Orioles have been on fire and have won 10 games in a row averaging 5.2 runs per game on that strecht but  they have struggled against the Rays on the road as they have lost 9 straight games in Tampa Bay. Tyler Wells will take the mound who has been good lately but has also struggled against the Rays this season allowing 7 runs in 6.1 innings. The Rays swept the Red Sox and will try to stop the Orioles with their bullpen. Rays bullpen ranks #7 in the league with a 3.39 ERA. However the Orioles are on a hot streak and will be tough to stop them. Take the Orioles.

PICK: Orioles ML (+106)

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