Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/6/14
Baltimore Orioles (15-14) at Tampa Bay Rays (15-17)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Chris Tillman (R) (3-1) (3.681) vs. Chris Archer (R) (2-1) (4.839)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -142 / Baltimore Orioles +132 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN 2, Sun Sports
The Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays will begin a three-game series on Tuesday. When these teams played earlier this year, the Orioles won the series, 2-0.
The Orioles just lost two of three to the Minnesota Twins, but have still won four of their last seven games. The Orioles pitching staff continues to have a hard time getting outs, allowing five or more runs in five of their last eight games. There are eight Baltimore pitchers with an ERA of at least 4.22 and three starters already have double-digit walks. Offensively, Nelson Cruz leads the way with nine homers and 29 RBI, and has 13 RBI in his last 10 games. Taking the mound for the Orioles on Tuesday is Chris Tillman, who is 3-1 with a 3.68 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 36.2 innings. Tillman is 2-6 with a 4.90 ERA in 11 career starts against the Rays.
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The Rays have won four of their last five games and are two games back from a .500 record. During this stretch the Rays pitching staff has been better, but this is still a rotation that has allowed five or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. There are 10 Ray’s pitchers who have an ERA of at least 4.26. Offensively, Wil Myers has two homeruns and seven RBI in his last two games, while James Loney has 11 hits in his last six games. Starting for the Rays will be Chris Archer, who is 2-1 with a 4.84 ERA and has 28 strikeouts in 35.1 innings. Archer is 1-2 with a 5.85 ERA in three career starts against the Rays.
The Orioles are 13-5 in Tillman's last 18 road starts and 35-17 in Tillman's last 52 starts. The Rays are 7-0 in Archer's last 7 home starts and 7-3 in Archer's last 10 starts. The Orioles are 1-4 in Tillman's last 5 starts vs. Rays.
This is a matchup between two solid pitchers and two inconsistent teams that have the ability to put runs on the board. With this being the case, I'm going to take the team that's giving me plus money in a coin-flip of a game.
Give me the Orioles for the juicy price.