Mike Wright (3-5, 6.04 ERA) and Drew Smyly (0-1, 6.75 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (4-0) and the Tampa Bay Rays (2-3) at Camden Yards. The Orioles won the last game 6-1, and Baltimore leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 9 and can be seen on MAS2 and SUN.
Wright will get the start after recording 44.2 innings last year, closing out the season with a 3-5 record, 6.04 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, and 26 strikeouts. Chris Davis (.231 ) went 1 for 2 yesterday with three runs, one home run, and one RBI. Smyly went 6.2 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out five and walking one in a 5-3 defeat to the Blue Jays in his last outing. Steven Souza Jr. (.389 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
The odds for Baltimore and Tampa Bay are the Rays -141, while the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 8. Opposing batters know they're in for a battle when they play Baltimore. The Orioles are the top team when it comes to pitching, allowing a league-low 0.0 runs per game. The Orioles are the fourth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 0.972 so far this season.
The Rays are 1-0 against fellow AL East members. The Rays can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking fourth in the league with seven home runs. The Rays have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 6.0 strikeouts per road game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Orioles have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL
When Baltimore is in the lead after the 7th inning, the team has a 2-0 record.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 1-1. The Orioles have a 1-0 record when opponents outhit them.
Tied at fourth for total home runs, Baltimore and Tampa Bay have each hit seven homers this season.
Ranking 18th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 7.40 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top half at 11th with 9.25.
Both Baltimore and Tampa Bay are tied at first for their on-base plus slugging percentage of .000.
The Rays are 1-3 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Orioles are 3-0 when they allow at least one homer.