Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles - 4/16/14
Tampa Bay Rays (7-6) at Baltimore Orioles (5-7)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
Jake Odorizzi (R) (1-1) (5.727) vs. Miguel Gonzalez (R) (0-1) (9.646)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -116 / Tampa Bay Rays +106 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, MASN
The Tampa Bay Rays look to snap a two-game losing streak when they play game 2 against the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles won the first game 7-1 on Monday.
The Rays have lost four of their first seven road games to begin the season and simply aren’t getting much production from their offense. The Rays have scored three or less runs in seven of their last eight games, and Evan Longoria has scored just five runs in the first 15 games. The Rays pitching has kept them in games for the most part, but they’ve allowed 19 runs in their last two games. Jake Odorizzi hopes to give the Rays another solid start, as he’s 1-1 with an ERA of 5.73. This will be Odorizzi’s first career start against the Orioles.
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The Orioles have now won four of their last six games and are getting the job done at both ends of the field during this stretch. While Baltimore’s offense could improve, the Orioles pitching staff has held its opponents to four or less runs in six of their last eight games. One pitcher who could use a good start to add to that total is Miguel Gonzalez. Gonzalez is 0-1 on the season with an ERA of 9.64 and has allowed four homeruns in 9.1 innings. Gonzalez is 2-3 with an ERA of 3.94 in eight career starts against the Rays.
The Rays are 15-6 in their last 21 games vs. a right-handed starter and 3-8 in their last 11 vs. a team with a losing record. The Orioles are 14-3 in Gonzalez's last 17 home starts and 3-7 in their last 10 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Rays are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Baltimore.
Even with the Rays struggling they're the better team between the two. And you almost always have to pick the better team when getting plus money. Just too much value with this pick.