Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles - 4/26/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baltimore Orioles (11-7) at Tampa Bay Rays (9-10)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
U Jimenez (1-1) (3.71) vs. J Odorizzi (0-1) (3.97)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -120 / Baltimore Orioles +110 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, MAS2
As part of the MLB lineup on Tuesday evening, the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays will be clashing in game two of their early-week series at Tropicana Field.
In Monday’s game one, the Rays scored once in the fifth and sixth innings on the way to a shutout 2-0 victory for the early series lead. It was a five-hitter for both teams, who were both lacking for offense.
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On Tuesday, the Orioles are set to be starting right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. On the season, Jimenez has posted a 3.71 ERA with a 1.59 WHIP across three starts to the tune of a 1-1 record. It’s been a shaky last couple of starts for Jimenez, however, as he’s coming off a 110-pitch no-decision across just five innings against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
The Baltimore offense has been a machine this season, and is fast becoming one of the most electric in the league. Manny Machado has come out of the gate firing, with 27 hits, 16 runs, six homers and 11 RBI. Machado went 0-for-4 on Monday, however. Mark Trumbo has played well also, with 26 hits, 12 runs and 16 RBI. Power-swinger Chris Davis has 17 runs, six homers and 13 RBI but also leads the team with 26 strikeouts and a paltry .215 BA. On Monday, Davis whiffed three times in an 0-for-4 outing.
The Rays will be giving Tuesday’s start to right-hander Jake Odorizzi. So far in his four starts this season, Odorizzi has a 3.97 ERA with a 1.28 WHIP and a 23:4 K:BB ratio. Back on Friday, Odorizzi tossed a gem against the White Sox, giving up just four hits in seven scoreless innings (but failed to get the victory).
The Rays boast a glut of capable power hitters on their roster. Logan Forsythe has been hot so far with 20 hits, 12 runs and three homers. Evan Longoria also has three homers with 20 hits and 10 runs. Steven Souza has been swinging a big stick as well, with five homers and 11 RBI on the year. Souza went 1-for-3 on Monday with a run scored.
The Orioles are 7-0 in their last seven game twos of a series, and 7-0 in Jimenez’s last seven Tuesday starts. As for the Rays, they’re 6-0 in their last six Tuesday games, and 5-2 in Odorizzi’s last seven Tuesday starts.
Based on the pitching matchup, Jimenez has been a little too unpredictable for me this season, and the Baltimore hitters may not be able to bail him out. With that in mind, I like Odorizzi and Tampa Bay to take this one.