2019-09-03 17:40:00 EDT
The Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays meet in the second half of a doubleheader from Tropicana Field on Wednesday.
The Baltimore Orioles will look to bounce back after dropping the opener on Monday by a final score of 5-4. Mark Trumbo had a double and two RBIs while Hanser Alberto went 2 for 5 with a solo home run and Pedro Severino had an RBI to round out Baltimore’s scoring as a team in the loss. Jonathan Villar went 2 for 4 while Trey Mancini, Anthony Santander and Renato Nunez each added a base hit to cap off Baltimore’s offense in defeat. Asher Wojciechowski gave up four runs on five hits while striking out five over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Dillon Tate ended up with the loss, falling to 0-1 on the year. Baltimore did not have a starting pitcher announced at the time of posting.
The Tampa Bay Rays will look to build on their victory from Monday’s series opener. Tommy Pham went 3 for 4 with a double and three RBIs while Austin Meadows went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs to make up Tampa Bay’s scoring as a team in the win. Joey Wendle added a base hit to make up the rest of the Rays’ offense as Tampa Bay had just six hits as a team in the winning effort. Ryan Yarbrough allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out four over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Colin Poche got the win in relief to improve to 4-4 on the year. Tampa Bay did not have a starting pitcher announced at the time of posting.
Baltimore is 16-44 in their last 60 division games and 14-30 in their last 44 Tuesday games while the over is 20-8-3 in their last 31 road games. Tampa Bay is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall and 5-0 in their last 5 home games while the over is 9-0 in their last 9 Tuesday games. Baltimore is 6-15 in the last 21 meetings between these two teams and 7-19 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams in Tampa Bay.
Picking doubleheaders can be tough, especially in the second half when you most times don’t know who is pitching until right before first pitch. With that said, I just can’t bring myself to back Baltimore for much of anything, as the Orioles don’t even have the desire to play spoiler. Tampa Bay has too much on the table to take these winnable games lightly, so I’ll side with the Rays for the win here.