Baltimore Orioles (17-35) at Tampa Bay Rays (24-26)
|Date & Time||Sunday May 27, 2018, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -108 / Baltimore Orioles -102 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays meet Sunday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.
The Baltimore Orioles could use a victory here after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Orioles have scored 12 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last eight games. The Baltimore Orioles have lost seven of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Manny Machado leads the Orioles with 66 hits and 44 RBI while Adam Jones and Trey Mancini have combined for 105 hits and 42 RBI. Kevin Gausman gets the ball, and he is 3-3 with a 3.48 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. Gausman is 6-5 with a 3.46 ERA and 82 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Rays have scored 11 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won eight straight games when scoring more than two runs. C.J. Cron leads the Rays with 53 hits and 30 RBI while Wilson Ramos and Matt Duffy have combined for 92 hits and 40 RBI. Sergio Romo gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. Romo is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Orioles.
The Orioles are 14-38 in their last 52 road games, 7-20 in their last 27 during game 3 of a series and 2-5 in Gausmans last 7 starts. The Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. American League East and 0-4 in their last 4 Sunday games. The Orioles are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and 1-4 in Gausmans last 5 road starts vs. Rays.
Gausman has actually been pretty solid this season, but because he plays on a brutal team, he's lost five of the last seven times he's taken the mound. Romo has very little career starting experience and hasn't been great in the 19.1 innings he's pitched this season. Still, you have to like the Rays and the small price at home. One, the Rays have quietly been one of the hotter teams in baseball the last two weeks and the O's are one of the worst teams in baseball period. Any time you can get a cheap price to fade the Orioles, you have to take it.