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Rays vs. Orioles - 7/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Baltimore Orioles (51-36) at Tampa Bay Rays (34-54)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 15, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Y Gallardo (3-1) (5.82) vs. C Archer (4-12) (4.66)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -105 / Baltimore Orioles -105 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MAS2/SUN

The Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays begin their AL East series late Friday night.

The Baltimore Orioles look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Orioles have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Baltimore Orioles offense has caught fire lately, and they’ve won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Yovani Gallardo gets the ball, and he’s 3-1 with a 5.82 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. Manny Machado leads Baltimore with 109 hits, Mark Trumbo has 68 RBI and Jonathan Schoop has 14 home runs. Gallardo is 2-1 with a 3.52 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

Rays vs. Orioles - 7/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Rays could use a win in order to snap a six-game losing streak. The Rays have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 4.57 and have lost 10 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 99 hits, Brad Miller has 32 RBI and Logan Morrison has 10 home runs. Chris Archer takes the hill, and he’s 4-12 with a 4.66 ERA and 130 strikeouts this season. Archer is 3-5 with a 4.48 ERA and 64 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Orioles are 13-6 in their last 19 games following an off day and 4-1 in Gallardos last 5 starts. The Rays are 16-35 in their last 51 games following a loss and 0-6 in Archers last 6 starts. The Orioles are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

I know the Rays are downright awful and Archer hasn't been himself at all this season. However, we are still getting a top-15 pitcher at home for a cheap price. The Orioles have also been hit or miss as of late. I'll side with the Rays given the pitching advantage if forced to cap this game.

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Tampa Bay Rays -105

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