In the first of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (8-10) and the Baltimore Orioles (11-6) at Tropicana Field, Chris Archer (0-4, 7.32 ERA) and Kevin Gausman (0-0, 0.00 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 25 and will air on MASN and SUN.
In his last start, Archer pitched 4.1 innings, allowing six runs, striking out six and walking three in a 7-3 loss to the Red Sox. Steven Souza Jr. (.291, 8 Rs, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs. Mark Trumbo (.373, 12 Rs, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. This is the 2016 debut for Kevin Gausman, who bounced between the minors and the big leagues last season. He also worked in a relief role, along with a handful of starts.
The odds are Tampa Bay -130 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 7.5. The Rays are fourth in the AL in walks allowed with just 2.3 per game.
Against divisional rivals, the Orioles are 5-7 SU.
The previous two games have all gone Baltimore's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL
The Orioles hold a 6-2 record in matchups against AL East Division rivals, while the Rays currently sit at 5-7 in these games.
The Rays are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Orioles have a 2-1 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 1-7. The Orioles have a 2-5 record when opponents outhit them.
Tampa Bay ranks in the top 10 of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 23 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top five at fourth with 27.
Ranking 27th, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.50 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top five with 9.29.
Baltimore tops the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .000 this season. Tampa Bay ranks near the bottom at 25th with an OPS of .687.
When the Orioles allow at least one home run, they are 9-2. When the Rays allow one or more homers, they have a 4-9 record.