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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/5/14

Baltimore Orioles (81-57) at Tampa Bay Rays (67-73)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 5, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Wei-Yin Chen (L) (14-4) (3.832) vs. Alex Cobb (R) (9-7) (2.977)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -144 / Baltimore Orioles +134 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN 2, Sun Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles begin a three-game series Friday at Tropicana Field.

The Baltimore Orioles have won seven of their last eight games and are 25 games above .500. The Orioles offense continues to produce, scoring four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The O’s have won 20 of their last 21 games when scoring more than three runs. Nelson Cruz has a six-game hitting streak and Chris Davis has hit in seven of his last nine games. The Baltimore Orioles have an ERA of 3.56, which is 12th in the majors. Starting is Wei-Yin Chen, who is 14-4 with a 3.83 ERA and has 116 strikeouts in 155 innings. Chen is 3-4 with a 3.53 ERA in 12 career starts against the Rays.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/5/14

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The Tampa Bay Rays have lost six of their last eight games and are seven games below a .500 record. The Rays just can’t get their pitching and batting lineup on the same page, as they’ve been one of the more inconsistent teams all season long. The Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 3.51, which is eighth in the majors, and they’ve lost 13 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria has a hit in eight of his last 10 games and Ben Zobrist has four hits in his last two games. Alex Cobb takes the mound, and he’s 9-7 with a 2.98 ERA and has 128 strikeouts in 133 innings. Cobb is 4-1 with a 2.14 ERA in seven career starts against the Orioles.

The Orioles are 4-1 in Chens last 5 starts as an underdog and 8-2 in Chens last 10 starts overall. The Rays are 3-9 in Cobbs last 12 starts with 4 days of rest and 5-2 in Cobbs last 7 starts as a favorite. The Orioles are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay.

Hard to bet against Baltimore with the amount of runs its scoring right now. It also helps that Chen is on the mound. Take the O's as long as you think the price is fair. 

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Baltimore Orioles +134

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