Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 8/23/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 8/23/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles

Friday, August 23, 2019 at 6:05 PM (Oriole Park at Camden Yards)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays / Baltimore Orioles -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles meet Friday in MLB action at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Rays have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won seven of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Tommy Pham leads the Rays with 117 hits and 54 RBI while Avisail Garcia and Austin Meadows have combined for 222 hits and 119 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t list a starting pitcher at the time this article was published.

The Baltimore Orioles need a win after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Orioles have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Baltimore Orioles have lost five of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Jonathan Villar leads the Orioles with 137 hits and 57 RBI while Trey Mancini and Hanser Alberto have combined for 255 hits and 116 RBI. Ty Blach gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 12.06 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. This will be Blach’s first career game against the Rays.

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The Rays are 6-1 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series, 5-2 in their last 7 vs. American League East and 15-6 in their last 21 overall. The Orioles are 32-67 in their last 99 during game 2 of a series, 17-44 in their last 61 Friday games and 14-41 in their last 55 vs. American League East. The Rays are 12-4 in the last 16 meetings and the over is 14-6-1 in the last 21 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Orioles last 6 overall. The over is 4-0 in Rays last 4 overall.

Blach has allowed 12 hits and 11 earned runs in his 9.1 innings since coming over from San Francisco, and he's allowing a .366 batting average on the season. The Baltimore Orioles continue to be the punching bag for nearly every team in baseball and this is a good chance for the Rays to separate themselves in the wild card standings. The O's lose way too often and get blown out in most of those games, so it's tough to find any value in this club. I have to continue backing the Rays.

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Randy’s Pick Tampa Bay Rays

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