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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/17/14

Baltimore Orioles (35-33) at Tampa Bay Rays (27-43)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Miguel Gonzalez (R) (3-4) (4.153) vs. Erik Bedard (L) (3-4) (4.141)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -119 / Baltimore Orioles +109 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN, Sun Sports

The Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays will play game two of three on Tuesday night.

The Orioles continue to be one of the most inconsistent teams in the league by losing five of their last nine games. The reason for the Orioles inconsistences start with their pitching staff that has allowed four or more runs in seven of their last 13 games. The Orioles have a season ERA of 4.03. Offensively, Nelson Cruz has 10 hits in his last 10 games and Adam Jones has scored seven runs in his last 10 games. Starting is Miguel Gonzalez, who is 3-4 with a 4.17 ERA and has 50 strikeouts in 58.1 innings. Gonzalez is 3-3 with a 3.55 ERA in nine career starts against the Rays.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/17/14


Don’t look now, but the Rays have won four of their last five games, which may be their best mini stretch of their season. The Rays offense has broken out of its shell a bit, socring a combined 21 runs in their last four wins. The Rays offense has had trouble scoring all season, but Matt Joyce has hit safely in six of his last 10 games. Pitching, the Rays have an ERA of 4.00. Erik Bedard takes the mound, and he’s 3-4 with a 3.83 ERA and has 46 strikeouts in 56.1 innings. Bedard is 1-1 with a 5.54 ERA in six career starts against the Orioles. 

The Orioles are 2-8 in Gonzalez's last 10 starts as a road underdog and 2-5 in Gonzalez's last 7 road starts. The Rays are 4-11 in their last 15 games vs. a right-handed starter and 2-5 in their last 7 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Orioles are 6-2 in Gonzalez's last 8 starts vs. Rays.

hard to trust either one of these teams, but I'll take the home team that's playing well lately if forced to pick. However, it'd probably be best to avoid this game. 

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