Baltimore at Tampa Bay Friday MLB Odds & Betting Prediction

Posted by Peter Boysen on June 22, 2017 in

Two American League East teams will get together in the first of a three game series this weekend. The Baltimore Orioles are coming off the four game series against Cleveland. Heading into Wednesday’s affair, the Orioles were 35-35, which is good enough for fourth place in the American League East.

The Tampa Bay Rays are in third place in the division. Tampa Bay came into the game 39-36 on the season, and 2.5 games behind first place. The Rays spent the early part of the week with a three game series against Cincinnati. The Tampa Bay Rays are favorites in this game. Tampa Bay is listed at -165 in the MLB odds.

Baltimore at Tampa Bay Friday MLB Odds & Betting Prediction

When: Friday June 23, 2017; 6:10pm CT
Where: Tropicana Field; Tampa Bay, FL
TV: MASN 2, Fox Sports Sun
Radio: Baltimore / Tampa Bay
Stream Option:
MLB Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -165

Why Bet on Tampa Bay Rays?

The Tampa Bay Rays won their final two games against the Cincinnati Reds. In those two games, Tampa Bay scored 7 runs per game. The Rays are led by Logan Morrison and Corey Dickerson offensively. Morrison has clubbed 21 homeruns, and Dickerson is one of the top hitters in the league, at .326

The Rays pitching has not been super strong either, but their team earned run average sits in the Top 10 in baseball. Tampa Bay’s team WHIP is 1.33, and opponents are batting .251 against them this season. Tampa Bay is a season high +3 over .500.

The Orioles are underdogs in the MLB odds against the Rays.

Why Bet on Baltimore Orioles?

The Baltimore Orioles come into the Wednesday with an 11-23 record on the road. Baltimore has scored 319 runs, while allowing 375. Baltimore scored 23 runs total in back to back games over the weekend against St. Louis. Manny Machado clubbed two homeruns in the win on Tuesday, and he now has 15 to lead the team.

The Orioles pitching has been atrocious this season. Baltimore ranks 29th in all of Major League Baseball with an ERA of 5.06. The starting pitching for Baltimore has just 29 quality starts, which is 14th in the league. The Orioles are last in WHIP, and opponents batting average, as they are hitting .282.

Betting Pick & Prediction

Chris Archer is on the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays in this game. Archer is nearing 100 innings pitched this season, and he has 122 strikeouts. Archer holds a 5-4 record, with a 3.75 earned run average.

For the Baltimore Orioles; veteran Ubaldo Jimenez gets the start. The 33 year old is coming off a win over the Cardinals. On the season, Jimenez is 2-2, but has a pretty high ERA of 6.25. Jimenez has struck out 53 batters this season, and over 1,600 in his career. Look for Archer to use his strikeout pitch to send the Orioles to the dugout. Bet the Tampa Bay Rays -165 on Friday.