In the last of a four-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (71-77) and the Baltimore Orioles (73-75) at Tropicana Field, Jake Odorizzi (8-8, 3.26 ERA) and Kevin Gausman (3-6, 4.15 ERA) get the start. The Orioles won the last game 2-1 and Baltimore leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 20 and will air on SUN and MAS2.
In his most recent outing, Odorizzi pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out five and walking three in a 6-3 victory over the Yankees. Logan Forsythe (.281, 65 Rs, 16 HRs, 60 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Orioles were also victorious the last time Gausman pitched. He pitched well, going 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out seven and walking four in a 2-0 victory over the Red Sox. Chris Davis (.263, 90 Rs, 42 HRs, 107 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Orioles, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Tampa Bay, a -122 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Baltimore. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Rays have a 36-35 record and overall money line at -867. They have a 30-34 record SU and are 14-15 as favorite within their division. The have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, averaging 8.5 strikeouts per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Orioles come into this game with a win percentage of .406 when playing as the underdog (28-41) and an overall money line of -737. Against divisional foes, they are 33-31 SU and 15-20 as the underdog. Baltimore's pitching staff and defense as a whole has been firing on all cylinders so far, ranking fifth in the AL with only four runs allowed per road game. They also allow just 8.5 hits per road game, good for fourth in the AL.
The Orioles have mostly come out on top against the Rays in their previous 18 games this season, earning a 10-8 record. This game will feature Gausman (RHP) on the mound against the Rays, who have a 45-58 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Orioles will be the right-hander Odorizzi. They sport a 51-55 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Under
The Rays hold a 30-35 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Orioles' record in these matchups is 34-31.
When leading after 7 innings, Baltimore is 26-24, while Tampa Bay is 28-31.
The Orioles are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Rays have a 2-8 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 51-24. The Orioles have a 54-13 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th in runs, Tampa Bay has earned 566 this season. Baltimore ranks eighth with 653 runs.
Ranking 25th, Baltimore is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 370 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 407.
The Rays are 53-41 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Orioles are 63-40 when they hit at least one homer.