Orioles vs. Rays Prediction
The Tampa Bay Rays let a win get away from them on Wednesday night. Will they be able to bounce back on Thursday when they host the Baltimore Orioles at 7:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, August 9, 2018
7:10PM ET – Tropicana Field
TV: MAS2 (Bal); SUN (TB)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Rays are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -170 to win. The Orioles are listed with a money line of +150 to prevail, while the over/under total has been set at 7.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently is unavailable. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Orioles rally for win
The Orioles put up a pair of runs in the ninth inning on Wednesday to earn a 5-4 victory over the Rays. Baltimore is now 35-79 overall and 15-44 on the road. Baltimore is putting up just 3.91 runs per game this season while allowing 5.30 per contest.
David Hess is getting the start for the Orioles this evening. He is making his 11th start of the year and comes in with a 2-6 record, a 6.41 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. Hess has 34 strikeouts and 21 walks over 53.1 innings of work.
Rays on a skid
The Rays were unable to win back-to-back games on Wednesday, suffering a 5-4 loss for their fourth loss in five games. Tampa is now 57-57 overall and 33-24 at home. The Rays are putting up 4.20 runs per contest this year while allowing 4.18 per contest.
The Rays go with another reliever to start tonight’s game, as Hunter Wood will begin the contest. He has started five games and appeared in a total of 13 this year. Wood is 0-0 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Wood has 29 strikeouts and 11 walks over 22.1 innings of work.
MLB Betting Trends
The Orioles have lost 17 of their last 21 on astroturf and 43 of their last 53 against a right-handed starter.
The Rays have won four of Wood’s five starts this year and they are 21-8 in their last 29 at home.
The Orioles have lost Hess’ last seven starts and he has allowed at least five runs in five of his last seven trips to the mound. I don’t think things will go well for him today. While Tampa isn’t great at the plate, I think their hitting will he aided by some poor pitching. Tampa is accustomed to this reliever/starter option, so their staff should be ready to handle the Orioles.
The Pick: Tampa Bay Rays -170