Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles Free Pick 9/20/13
Baltimore Orioles (81-71) at Tampa Bay Rays (83-69)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 20, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Jason Hammel (R) (7-8) (5.203) vs. David Price (L) (8-8) (3.423)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -177 / Baltimore Orioles +167 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN2, SUN
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles face off on Friday in Tampa bay in a huge series in the A.L. Wildcard race.
The Tampa Bay Rays control their own destiny with 10 games left to play in the season. The Rays are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 47-30 at home this season, and they are tied for the lead in the A.L. Wildcard race with the Rangers. As a team, the Rays are hitting .257with Wil Myers hitting .300, James Loney hitting .297, and Ben Zobrist hitting .271. For game one against the Orioles, the Rays start David Price who is 8-8 with a 3.42 ERA in for the season and 0-2 with a 4.22 ERA in his last three starts.
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The Baltimore Orioles are still in the hunt for the postseason, but they have their work cut out for them. The Orioles are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 39-38 on the road this season, and they are two games back in the A.L. Wildcard race. As a team, the Orioles are hitting .261 with Chris Davis hitting .290, Adam Jones hitting .289, and Manny Machado hitting .285. For game one at Tampa Bay, the Orioles start Jason Hammel, who is 7-8 with a 5.12 ERA and 0-2 with a 4.96 ERA in his last three starts.
Tampa Bay is 5-2 in their last seven games, 24-12 in their last 36 home games, and 0-4 in Price’s last four starts. Baltimore is 4-2 in their last six road games, 6-1 against a left-handed starter, and 2-9 in Hammel’s last 11 starts. Tampa Bay is 1-4 in Price’s last five home starts against the Orioles.
Both of these pitchers have been hit of late, but I look for them to come up big here and I have this one staying under the total. I also have a play on the winning side and I will give out that winning pick in the Premium Area.