Baltimore Orioles (35-79) at Tampa Bay Rays (57-57)
|Date & Time||Thursday August 9, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays / Baltimore Orioles --- Over/Under:
The Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays meet Thursday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.
The Baltimore Orioles look for another win after losing five of their last eight games. The Orioles have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Baltimore Orioles have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Adam Jones leads the Orioles with 123 hits and 45 RBI while Trey Mancini and Mark Trumbo have combined for 170 hits and 77 RBI. David Hess gets the ball, and he is 2-6 with a 6.41 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. Hess is 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays could use a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Rays have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Tampa Bay Rays have split their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Matt Duffy leads the Rays with 113 hits and 31 RBI while Mallex Smith and C.J. Cron have combined for 191 hits and 82 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t list a starting pitcher at the time this article was posted.
The Orioles are 8-25 in their last 33 during game 3 of a series, 0-7 in their last 7 Thursday games and 0-7 in Hess' last 7 starts. The Rays are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series, 21-7 in their last 28 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 Thursday games. The Orioles are 1-8 in the last 9 meetings in Tampa Bay and the under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Tampa Bay.
Since May 26, the Baltimore Orioles have won two or more games in a row just four times. Even with last nights victory, no team has lost more money this season than the Orioles, and it's not even close. So, while the Rays haven't listed a starting pitcher yet, and they're struggling themselves recently, they have to be the pick at home. There's just no reason to consider backing the Orioles these days given just how often they lose and the money they've burned constantly this season.