Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/28/14
Tampa Bay Rays (32-48) at Baltimore Orioles (41-36)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 4:05 pm (Camden Yards)
Erik Bedard (L) (3-5) (4.523) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (L) (7-2) (3.843)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -126 / Tampa Bay Rays +116 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, MASN 2
The Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles will play game three of four on Saturday afternoon.
The Rays have won five of their last nine games, but are still one of the most disappointing teams in the league with a 32-49 record. Positive news for the Rays is that they’ve scored five or more runs in six of their last nine games. James Loney has 13 hits in his last 10 games and Sean Rodriguez has four RBI in his last five games. Pitching, the Rays 19th best ERA at 3.89. Erik Bedard takes the hill, and he’s 3-5 with a 4.25 ERA and has 57 strikeouts in 65.2 innings. Bedard is 1-2 with a 6.30 ERA in seven career starts against the Orioles.
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The Orioles have won seven of their last 10 games and are still in striking distance for first place in the AL East. The Orioles offense has carried the way, scoring four or more runs in five of their last seven games. Nelson Cruz has homered four times in his last nine games and Adam Jones has 14 hits in his last eight games. The Orioles pitching staff has 20th best ERA at 3.90. Wei-Yin Chen gets the start, and he’s 7-2 with a 3.84 ERA and has 63 strikeouts in 89 innings. Chen is 3-3 with a 2.98 ERA in 10 career starts against the Rays.
The Rays are 1-4 in Bedards last 5 road starts and 1-4 in Bedards last 5 starts vs. American League East. The Orioles are 5-2 in Chens last 7 home starts and 4-1 in Chens last 5 starts as a home favorite.
Tough to bet against Chen, as the O's simply find ways to win games with him on the mound. The Rays are still the Rays and still tough to back even with the plus money.