Chris Tillman (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Chris Archer (0-1, 3.60 ERA) take the mound in the first of a three-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (3-0) and the Tampa Bay Rays (2-2) at Camden Yards. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 8 and will air on MASN and SUN.
Tillman pitched 2.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs and striking out five in a 3-2 win over the Twins. Manny Machado (.308 ) had a good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Rays were unsuccessful against the Blue Jays 5-3 the last time Archer pitched. He went 5.0 innings, giving up three runs (one unearned), striking out 12 and walking three. Steven Souza Jr. (.400 ) has been successful at the plate to start the season for the Rays, going 4 for 4 Wednesday with two runs, two home runs, and four RBIs.
The odds for Baltimore and Tampa Bay are Rays -125, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5.
The Rays are known for their power, smashing six home runs. Tampa Bay is a terror on the base paths, ranking third in the MLB with two stolen bases. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has been an intimidating group in the starting rotation and the bullpen from a strikeout standpoint.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL
When Baltimore is in the lead after the 7th inning, the team has a 2-0 record.
When outhit, the Orioles and the Rays both have records of 1-0.
Ranking 14th in home runs, Baltimore has hit three this season. Tampa Bay ranks fifth with six home runs.
Ranking 16th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.00 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top half at 12th with 9.00.
Both Baltimore and Tampa Bay are tied at first for their on-base plus slugging percentage of .000.
The Rays are 1-2 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Orioles are 2-0 when they allow at least one homer.