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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles - 4/18/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays
Date & Time Thursday April 18, 2019, 4:00 PM (EDT)
Tropicana Field
Tampa Bay, Florida
The Line
Tampa Bay Ray -250 / Baltimore Orioles +215
TV Channel
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The Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays will meet up to finish their MLB series on Thursday.

In the Tuesday opener, the Rays secured a 4-2 victory. On Wednesday, Tampa kept it going with a dominant 8-1 win. 

For Thursday’s game, the Orioles will be sending out RHP Andrew Cashner in the start. Over his 20.1 innings and 3-1 mark this year, Cashner has a 5.31 ERA with nine Ks and 11 walks.

Over on the Rays’ side, they’re going with Hunter Wood in the start here. Over 4.0 innings without a decision so far, Wood has a clean 0.00 ERA with one save and five strikeouts with no walks.

The Orioles are 20-50 in their last 70 versus the AL East and 19-48 in their last 67 overall. Baltimore is 16-41 in their last 57 in game three of a series and 7-19 in their last 26 Thursday games. The Orioles are 27-81 in the last 108 road games and 4-23 in the last 27 on turf.

Meanwhile, the Rays are 6-1 in their last seven after a win and 46-16 in the last 57 overall. Tampa is 5-1 in Wood’s last six home starts and 6-2 in his last eight starts.

Let’s toss out Cashner’s opening start this year (six earned; six hits 4.0 innings) and focus on his three solid outings since. In that trio, Cashner is 3-0 with six earned on 16 hits over 16.1 innings of total work. That’s not too bad, and it helps that the O’s offense has given Cashner 21 runs of support over his last two outings.

I’m not totally sold on Cashner, but if he puts up another serviceable line here Baltimore has a shot at stealing a win. I’m going to take a chance on the Orioles in this one.

Baltimore Orioles +215

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