Tampa Bay vs. Baltimore - 4/7/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baltimore Orioles (99-70) at Tampa Bay Rays (77-85)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
W Chen (0-0) (0.00) vs. N Karns (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +103 / Baltimore Orioles -113 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays will face off in the 2nd game of the series at Tropicana Field this Tuesday night.
The Baltimore Orioles started off the 201 5 season looking very similar to the 2014 team that won the AL East Championship, as they were able to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 behind solid pitching and some timely power hitting. Baltimore led the Major League Baseball with 211 Home Runs last season and hit had three round-trippers in the victory. Leading the way for Baltimore was new comer Travis Snider who went 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Alejandro De Aza, Steve Pearce, and Ryan Flaherty all went yard for the Orioles. Baltimore has to be happy with their offensive performance as they were still able to put up 6 runs on 8 hits, without having Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, and J.J. Hardy in the line-up. Chris Tillman was solid in his first outing of the season, giving up just 1 earned run on 3 walks and 4 hits. The Baltimore Bullpen was solid as Darren O’Day, Tommy Hunter, and Zack Britton combined for 2 innings of relief in which the only surrendered 2 hits, while giving up no runs and striking out four.
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The Tampa Bay Rays had one of the biggest makeovers of any MLB team this offseason, as they lost their manager, GM, and many players from a team that finished just 4th in the AL East last year. One of the biggest concerns of these new-look Rays is their offensive, and as many predicted, they struggled early against Baltimore and couldn’t really get anything going on the offensive end until Evan Longoria hit a solo Homerun in the bottom of the 7th. Leading the way for Tampa Bay was David DeJesus who went 2 for 3 and Desmond Jennings who went 1 for 3 with a walk. Chris Archer didn’t have the start to the season as he hoped as he was only able to go 5.2 innings while giving up 3 earned runs on 4 hits (2 Homeruns) and 1 walk. For Tampa Bay to have any success this season, they’ll need to be able to get solid pitching and defensive as it looks as if their offensive could have trouble putting up runs, especially if Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings struggle.
The Orioles are 6-1 in their last 7 games during game 2 of a series and 25-12 in their last 37 vs. the AL East. The Rays are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite of -110 to -150 and 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite.
Baltimore will send the often underappreciated Wei-Yin Chen to the mound who went 16-6 last season with a solid 3.54 ERA. Tampa Bay will send one of their newcomers, Nathan Karns who was a late September call up last year and went 1-2 in 5 starts with a 6.00 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. I’m a bit surprised that Tampa Bay is listed as the favorite in this one as although Karns does have potential to be a decent starter as he has three solid pitches (fastball, change-up, and curve) he can have trouble with his command and had a tendency to give up the long ball as he gave up 8 HR’s in just 24.0 innings pitch. I see this being a low scoring game, but the best value here is with Baltimore. Take the Orioles to win in this one.