Tampa Bay Rays (32-48) at Baltimore Orioles (41-36)
|Date & Time||Friday June 27, 2014, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -135 / Tampa Bay Rays +125 --- Over/Under: 8.5
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The Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles will play game two of a doubleheader on Friday night.
The Rays have won six of their last 11 games and remain a horrible 18 games below a .500 record. The Rays pitching, while still inconsistent, has improved to the point where they’ve allowed three or less runs in six of their last eight games. Poor pitching has been the Rays’ problem, as they have the 19th worst ERA at 3.89. Offensively, James Loney has eight hits in his last four games and Evan Longoria has three RBI in his last two games. Jake Odorizzi takes the hill, and he’s 3-7 with a 4.29 ERA and has 91 strikeouts in 77.2 innings. Odorizzi is 0-1 with a 3.21 ERA in three career games against the Orioles.
The Orioles have won six of their last eight games and are right back in the thick of the AL East race. Offense has been the key to the Orioles success, as they’ve produced five or more runs in five of their last eight games. Nelson Cruz is coming off a four-RBI performance and Adam Jones has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. The Orioles pitching has an ERA of 3.90, 20th in the league. Chris Tillman gets the ball, and he’s 6-4 with a 4.45 ERA and has 60 strikeouts in 91 innings. Tillman is 2-6 with a 4.86 ERA in 12 career starts against the Rays.
The Rays are 1-7 in Odorizzis last 8 road starts and 4-10 in Odorizzis last 14 starts overall. The Orioles are 9-1 in Tillmans last 10 Friday starts and 1-4 in Tillmans last 5 home starts. The Rays are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings.
Usually I like going with the team that lost the first game of a doubleheader, as you rarely see a team win both games the same day. But for the sake of the article, I'll go with Baltimore. Tillman has been much better on the mound and the Rays are still horrible.