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Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 9/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (62-83) at Baltimore Orioles (79-65)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)

Blake Snell (5-8) (3.62) vs. Y Gallardo (5-7) (5.44)

The Line: Baltimore Orioles -148 / Tampa Bay Rays +138 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN, SUN

In MLB action on Thursday, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles will be kicking off their series from Oriole Park. 

The Orioles are coming off a three-game set against the Red Sox. The two teams split the first two games, and on Wednesday, the Orioles eked out a hard-fought 1-0 win. 

Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 9/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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As for the Rays, they played the Blue Jays this week. Those two teams also split their first two games, before Wednesday’s game when Tampa took a dominant 8-1 win. 

For Thursday’s game, the Rays will be bringing out lefty Blake Snell. In his 16 starts and 5-8 record this year, Snell holds a 3.62 ERA with a 1.64 WHIP in 77 innings. Snell took a loss his last time out against the Yankees with 2.2 innings, six hits and three runs. 

It’s easy to find the noteworthy hitters in the Rays’ order. Evan Longoria leads the way on 155 hits with 73 runs, 32 homers and 86 RBI. Logan Forsythe has bagged 124 hits with 69 runs and 50 RBI. Brad Miller is sitting on 122 hits with 66 runs, 28 homers and 72 RBI. 

Over on the Orioles’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Yovani Gallardo in the start Thursday. In 20 starts and a 5-7 record this year, Gallardo holds a 5.44 ERA with a 1.60 WHIP in 102.2 innings. Gallardo hasn’t pitched since September 6 as the Orioles move to a six-man rotation. 

Baltimore has some stellar bats at their disposal. Manny Machado holds 175 hits with 99 runs, 35 homers and 91 RBI. Adam Jones has hit 151 times with 81 runs, 27 homers and 80 RBI. Jonathan Schoop has hit 150 times with 77 runs, 24 homers and 77 RBI. 

The Rays are 16-36 in their last 52 game ones of a series, and 2-5 in Snell’s last seven starts. Tampa Bay is also 0-4 in Snell’s last four road starts, and 1-4 in Snell’s last five starts versus a team with a winning record. 

As for the Orioles, they’re 8-3 in their last 11 home games versus a left-handed starter, and 1-6 in their last seven home games following a road trip of seven or more days. Baltimore is also 1-5 in Gallardo’s last six starts, and 1-5 in Gallardo’s last six starts versus the AL East. 

There’s not a whole lot to like here, but I’ll give Gallardo and the Orioles offense the edge in the opener.

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