Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/26/14
Tampa Bay Rays (64-67) at Baltimore Orioles (74-55)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
Alex Cobb (R) (9-6) (3.008) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (L) (13-4) (3.759)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -106 / Tampa Bay Rays -104 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, MAS2
The Baltimore Orioles look to continue improving their position in the overall seeding for the American League playoffs as they host the Tampa Bay Rays for game two of a four game AL East series.
The Tampa Bay Rays have become a household name in the playoffs in recent memory, but they’ll need some serious magic to return to the postseason in 2014 as they sit three games below .500 with a little over a month left to play. In last night’s 9-1 loss in Baltimore, the talent disparity between the two AL East rivals was on full display with Orioles pummeling Rays starter Jake Odorizzi to the tune of eight runs on 11 hits over four innings and the Rays offense managing just four total hits in the ball game as Will Myers, Yunel Escobar and Sean Rodriguez each has hits. The Rays are actually a strong road team at 35-31 on the year but they just don’t match up well with Baltimore this year as they’re now 4-9 in the season series.
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The Rays will turn to Alex Cobb for Tuesday’s game in hopes the righty can continue his dominant run. Cobb is 7-0 in his last ten starts and enters this game with an ERA of 1.04 across four starts in August. For the season Cobb owns a WHIP of 1.15 and ERA of 3.01 while posting a 9-6 record. Cobb has pitched well against the Orioles this year with an ERA of 2.25 across two starts and 12 innings of work.
The Baltimore Orioles have all but locked up the AL East, but now they have their sights set on gunning for the number one overall seed to close out the year. In last night’s 9-1 rout, the Orioles utilized a home run barrage with Nick Markakis hitting a two run homer, Steve Pearce hitting a solo HR, Delmon Young hitting a three run homer, and Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy each adding solo jacks. The Orioles improved to 35-26 at Camden Yards with the win and retained their six game AL East lead over the Yankees who also won last night.
The Orioles will turn to Wei-Yin Chen for Tuesday’s game in hopes of continuing their surge. Chen has been generally solid this season as he enters this game with a WHIP of 1.23 and ERA of 3.76 while posting an impressive 13-4 record. The offense has shown Chen good support this season, which Chen may need against the Rays considering his 4.96 ERA against Tampa Bay over three starts and 16.1 innings.
There’s no value in taking the Rays at a virtual pick ‘em but with Cobb’s recent run I expect them to win here with their typical small ball effort.