Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 17, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Baltimore Orioles / Tampa Bay Rays -- Over/Under:
The Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays meet Wednesday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.
The Baltimore Orioles could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Orioles have allowed nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 12 of their last 13 games. The Baltimore Orioles are 5-11 this season when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Trey Mancini leads the Orioles with 24 hits and 12 RBI while Jonathan Villar and Dwight Smith Jr. have combined for 40 hits and 19 RBI. David Hess gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 3.32 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. Hess is 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Rays have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Tampa Bay Rays are 13-1 this season when scoring more than one run. Austin Meadows leads the Rays with 21 hits and 17 RBI while Avisail Garcia and Kevin Kiermaier have combined for 34 hits and 16 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t a list starting pitcher at the time this article was posted.
The Orioles are 18-45 in their last 63 during game 2 of a series, 1-11 in Hess' last 12 road starts and 4-17 in Hess' last 21 starts. The Rays are 44-16 in their last 60 home games, 13-4 in their last 17 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League East. The Orioles are 2-12 in the last 14 meetings in Tampa Bay and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Rays last 5 overall. The over is 8-3 in Orioles last 11 overall.
The Tampa Bay Rays continue to be the most impressive team in baseball and have a pitching staff that shows up time and time again. The Baltimore Orioles have hit here and there in the underdog role, but they're going to lose a lot more than they provide those valuable days, and they've had zero recent success against the Rays. I've said many times in the past, I'm not getting off the Rays bandwagon until they give me a reason to. That time hasn't come yet, and it's likely not going to come against one of the worst teams in baseball. I have to back the Rays.