Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays Game One - 6/25/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (31-39) at Baltimore Orioles (41-30)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 1:05 pm (Camden Yards)
J Odorizzi (3-3) (3.63) vs. C Tillman (10-1) (3.11)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -135 / Tampa Bay Rays +128 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN2, Sun Sports
Camden Yards and the Baltimore Orioles host the Tampa Bay Rays in game one of their twin bill Saturday.
The Tampa Bay Rays have shown the ability to beat any team and also the ability to lose to anybody. The Rays have lost games that they should win and won when not expected which makes them both dangerous and unpredictable. TB has also shown some offensive prowess and scored at will and at other times runs have been difficult to come by. In the American League East the key to success is to avoid the highs and lows and become more even keel. Tampa Bay will be sending Jake Odorizzi to the mound in game one of their DH at Baltimore. Odorizzi comes off of a 5-1 loss to San Francisco with a run scored on a solo homer over six innings.
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The Baltimore Orioles sit atop the American League East but are just playing .500 baseball the last two weeks and that won’t cut it going forward. The Orioles have an offense that has power and can drive the ball to the gap with the ability to score runs in bunches. This is the strength of the Birds while the question is whether the rotation is strong enough to consistently contain the bigger offenses in the division and possibly in the postseason even though reaching the postseason is a long way off. Chris Tillman toes the rubber versus Tampa Bay for the third time this year in game one of their twin bill. Tillman picked up an 11-6 win against Toronto last time out with four runs given up on five hits including two homers in five frames.
The over is 17-5-2 in Tampa Bay’s last 24 road games and is 14-5-2 in their last 21 on grass while the Rays are 6-2 in Odorizzi’s last 8 Saturday starts. The over is 8-3 in Baltimore’s last 11 Saturday games and the Orioles are 12-5 in their last 17 games on grass while going 35-16 in their last 51 home games. I prefer Tillman with the Baltimore bats…