Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 4/14/14
Tampa Bay Rays (7-5) at Baltimore Orioles (5-6)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 14, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
Chris Archer (R) (1-0) (1.385) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (L) (1-1) (6.748)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -105 / Tampa Bay Rays -105 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, MASN
The Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles will play Monday to begin a three-game series.
The Rays are coming off a 2-1 series win over the Cincinnati Reds and are 7-6 on the season overall. Despite allowing 12 and 7 runs respectively in two of their last four games, the Rays pitching has been terrific. The Rays have allowed three or less runs in four of their last seven games. Chris Archer hopes to keep the ball rolling when he takes the mound for the third time. Archer is 1-0 with an ERA of 1.38, and he has 21 groundball outs in 13 innings pitched. Archer is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in two career starts against the Orioles.
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The Orioles dropped two of three to the Toronto Blue Jays, but have still won three of their last five games. The Orioles have struggled to score runs for the most part, while the pitching staff has allowed four or less runs in five of their last seven games. Wei-Yin Chen will get the start and is 1-1 this season with a 6.75 ERA. Chen has allowed four runs in each of his first two starts and has eight strikeouts in 10.2 innings pitched. Chen is 2-3 with a 3.04 ERA in eight career starts against the Rays.
The Rays are 7-1 in Archer's last 8 starts vs. American League East and 10-4 in their last 14 games following a loss. The Orioles are 6-0 in Chen's last 6 starts as a home underdog and 3-7 in their last 10 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Rays are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Baltimore.
Chen has been real shaky this season, allowing eight combined runs in his first two starts. With the Rays lineup looking sharp and the pitching staff getting the job done, the Rays look like the pick here in a toss-up game.