Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/28/14
Tampa Bay Rays (65-68) at Baltimore Orioles (75-56)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
Jeremy Hellickson (R) (1-2) (2.605) vs. Bud Norris (R) (11-8) (3.907)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -123 / Tampa Bay Rays +113 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, MASN
The Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles wrap up their four-game series on Thursday night.
The Tampa Bay Rays have won four of their last seven games and are three games below a .500 record. The Rays offense continues to struggle during this stretch, scoring three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Rays have lost 11 of their last 14 games when being held to three or fewer runs. Evan Longoria has five hits in this series and Ben Zobrist has four extra base hits in his last eight games. The Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 3.48, which is eighth in the majors. Jeremy Hellickson takes the hill, and he’s 1-2 with a 2.61 ERA and has 33 strikeouts in 38 innings. Hellickson is 9-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 17 career games against the Orioles.
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The Baltimore Orioles have won six of their last 10 games and are 19 games above a .500 record. The Orioles pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in 11 of their last 14 games. Overall, the Baltimore Orioles have an ERA 3.59, which is 12th in the majors, and they’ve won 10 of their last 13 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Adam Jones has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games and Chris Davis has homered twice in this series. Starting is Bud Norris, who is 11-8 with a 3.91 ERA and has 100 strikeouts in 129 innings. Norris is 1-2 with a 3.96 ERA in five career games against the Rays.
The Rays are 2-7 in Hellicksons last 9 road starts and 1-4 in Hellicksons last 5 starts overall. The Orioles are 10-4 in Norris' last 14 home starts and 6-1 in Norris' last 7 starts as a home favorite.
Norris has been solid at home all season and the Rays are so up-and-down you don't know what to expect. I like the Orioles at home for the solid price.