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Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 5/3/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles
Date & Time Friday May 3, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Oriole Park
Baltimore, Maryland
The Line
Baltimore Orioles +180 / Tampa Bay Rays -190 O/U: 9
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The Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles will match up in game one of their weekend MLB series Friday.

Tampa Bay is coming off a series versus the Royals this week. The Rays dropped both games of a doubleheader on Wednesday, but then managed a 3-1 victory Thursday to prevent the sweep.

For the Friday game, the Rays will be sending out Tyler Glasnow in the start. Over his 36.0 innings and 5-0 mark this year, Glasnow has a 1.75 ERA with 38 Ks and seven walks.

Over on the Orioles’ side, they’re fresh off a set versus the White Sox. Baltimore dropped the first game of that set 5-3, but then split the Wednesday doubleheader 5-4 (win) and 7-6 (loss).

In the Friday game, the O’s will be sending out Dan Straily for the start. Across 18.2 innings and a 1-1 record thus far, Straily has a 6.75 ERA with nine Ks and seven walks.

The Rays are 8-1 in their last nine in game one of a series and 19-7 in their last 26 road games. Tampa is 47-22 in their last 69 overall and 5-1 in Glasnow’s last six starts.

Meanwhile, the Orioles are 21-50 in their last 71 versus the AL East and 14-37 in their last 51 Friday games. Baltimore is 13-40 in their last 53 after an off day and 10-44 in their last 54 in game one of a series.

Glasnow has been extremely sharp so far, and he’s allowed just two earned in each of his last three starts (two were quality) on a total of 16 hits in 19.0 innings.

As for Straily, he did okay against Minnesota his last time up (zero earned; three hits; 4.0 innings) but threw a ton of pitches for a stretch that short—89 total.

Matchup-wise with Glasnow on the mound, I can’t find a whole lot of reasons to pick against the Rays.

Tampa Bay Rays -190

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