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Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays Game 1 - 5/12/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (15-20) at Baltimore Orioles (11-27)
Date & Time Saturday May 12, 2018, 3:05 PM (EDT)
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MLB | Tampa Bay Rays (15-20) at Baltimore Orioles (11-27)
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The Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles meet Saturday in game one of a MLB doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The Tampa Bay Rays could use a feel good win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Rays have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost six of their last nine games when allowing at least two runs. Offensively, C.J. Cron leads the Rays with 36 hits and 21 RBI while Matt Duffy and Wilson Ramos have combined for 64 hits and 27 RBI. Chris Archer gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 5.32 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. Archer is 6-8 with a 4.92 ERA and 98 strikeouts in his career against the Orioles.

The Baltimore Orioles look for another victory here to build on their three-game winning streak. The Orioles have scored 25 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Baltimore Orioles have split their last eight games when scoring at least four runs. Manny Machado leads the Orioles with 51 hits and 35 RBI while Adam Jones and Trey Mancini have combined for 78 RBI and 32 RBI. Alex Cobb gets the ball, and he is 0-4 with a 7.61 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. This will be Cobb’s second career game against the Rays.

The Rays are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. American League East, 5-12 in their last 17 Saturday games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Orioles are 15-37 in their last 52 during game 2 of a series, 8-22 in their last 30 vs. American League East and 0-11 in their last 11 Saturday games. The over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Baltimore.

The Baltimore Orioles aren't going to put together this winning streak for much longer, as there's not enough talent on this club and the pitching staff has been downright brutal. The Tampa Bay Rays bats have to heat up eventually and they've scored 21 runs against the O's in three games this season. Considering the Rays know Cobb from all the time he spent pitching for Tampa Bay and the fact he's allowed five or more runs in three of his last five games, you have to like the road team to get back on track here with a victory. 

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