Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays Pick-Odds-Prediction 4/16/14
Tampa Bay Rays (7-7) at Baltimore Orioles (6-7)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm (Camden Yards)
Jake Odorizzi (R) (1-1) (5.73) vs. Miguel Gonzalez (R) (0-1) (9.64)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles +108 / Tampa Bay Rays -118 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles wrap up their series at Camden Yards Wednesday afternoon at 12:35PM on MASN.
The Rays send Jake Odorizzi to the mound for this contest. Odorizzi is 1-1 on the season and currently sports a 5.73 ERA and is fresh off a loss to Kansas City on the road last week where he went 5.1 innings with just 4 K’s and giving up 10 hits. Evan Longoria leads the Rays in average with a .308 mark and also in hits with 16 on the year. Ben Zobrist leads the team in home runs with just 3. The Rays currently rank 26th in the majors with just 45 runs scored through 14 games -- that number will need to improve in a division that features the firepower that the AL East does.
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Baltimore found their offense in a Monday night win over the Rays that saw them rack up 13 hits and 7 runs and put the game away quickly. The Orioles will have Miguel Gonzalez on the mound -- Gonzalez is 0-1 on the year but was solid in a no decision in the Bronx last week. After being shelled in his first start, Gonzalez was steady against a solid yankees lineup. The Orioles are led on offense by catcher Matt Weiters -- the strong defensive player has not been known for his hitting in years past but has surged out of the gate and is batting .366, has 3 home runs and 8 RBIs. The Orioles have to be pleased as their historically strong batters have yet to get going this year and they are right in the mix at 6-7.
This game should feature a light crowd given the mid day start and some fans will likely be disappointed that they will miss out on seeing Chris Tillman and David Price square off after both pitchers starts were pushed via the rain out Tuesday night. With that said, I like Gonzalez to be steady in his second straight start and the bats of Chris Davis and Weiters to carry the birds to a series win.