Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles
|Date & Time||Sunday July 14, 2019, 1:05 PM (EDT)|
Tampa Bay Rays / Baltimore Orioles -- O/U:
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles meet in the finale of their four game AL East division set from Camden Yards on Sunday.
The Tampa Bay Rays will look to win the series after settling for a split in Saturday’s doubleheader. The Rays dropped game one by a final score of 2-1 while taking game two in a 12-4 rout. Game one saw the Rays crank out just three hits as a team with Mike Zunino’s solo home run in the 3rd inning end up as the lone run on the board for the Rays in the opener. Game two saw the bats break out as Nate Lowe and Michael Brosseau each had a pair of home runs with Lowe leading the charge with four RBIs to Brosseau’s three. Brendan McKay threw five shutout innings with seven strikeouts in game one, not factoring in the decision, while Colin Poche took the loss, falling to 2-2 on the year. Game two saw Charlie Morton improve to 11-2 on the year after giving up two runs on six hits with six strikeouts over six innings of work. Ryne Stanek will be the opener in game four and is 0-2 with a 3.26 ERA and 54 strikeouts this season.
The Baltimore Orioles will look to salvage a series split after splitting the double dip on Saturday. Game one saw Stevie Wilkerson homer with both of Baltimore’s RBIs in the victory, while game two had Wilkerson add another two RBIs with a double while Hanser Alberto added a solo shot, his 4th home run of the season. Richard Bleier got the win on the mound to improve to 1-0 on the year while Mychal Givens closed out the final two innings for his 7th save of the season. Game two saw John Means end up with the loss, falling to 7-5 on the year after allowing six runs on eight hits with four Ks over six innings of work. The Orioles have not announced a starting pitcher at the time that this article was posted.
Tampa Bay is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 22-8 in their last 30 Sunday games while the over is 7-3-1 in their last 11 division games. Baltimore is 15-42 in their last 57 games overall and 28-69 in their last 97 division games while the over is 9-2-2 in their last 13 home games. Tampa Bay is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings between these two teams.
Stanek was roughed up for four runs in less than an inning in his last appearance, but that’s not really going to deter me from taking Tampa Bay here. The Orioles are simply playing out the string and Baltimore trading away their best pitcher in Andrew Cashner on Saturday was just proof that the Orioles are pretty much mailing it in the rest of the way and just seeing what they have for the future. Tampa Bay continues to play solid baseball and are looking like a team that’s going to be a serious playoff threat right out of the gate in the second half, so I’ll side with the Rays for another victory on Sunday.