Kevin Gausman (2-6, 4.39 ERA) and Erasmo Ramirez (10-5, 3.68 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (63-69) and the Tampa Bay Rays (66-66) at Camden Yards. The Orioles lost the last game 11-2, continuing a six-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 2 and can be seen on SUN and MASN.
Gausman pitched 6.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out three and walking one in a 4-1 defeat to the Rangers. Chris Davis (.249, 74 Rs, 36 HRs, 94 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Ramirez went 4.1 innings, surrendering two runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking three in a 3-2 defeat to the Royals in his last outing. Logan Forsythe (.286, 59 Rs, 15 HRs, 53 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Rays, going 3 for 3 yesterday with two runs.
Baltimore is a -140 favorite against Tampa Bay and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Orioles have an overall money line of -1,026 and a record as the favorite of 40-32. Baltimore has gone winless in its last 10 as the favorite. The Orioles have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.8 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.3 runs per game. The Orioles are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 170. Baltimore's pitchers fall apart when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game rises to 4.5 against fellow AL East members, compared to its 4.0 season average.
In games where it is the underdog, Tampa Bay has a 33-37 record and an overall money line of -410. They are 14-15 as the underdog against AL East opponents, and 25-26 SU. The Rays have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 8.4 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Orioles have a 46-52 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Ramirez takes the mound. Gausman (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rays, who have a 41-52 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Bal, O/U - Under
The Orioles and the Rays both stand at 26-26 against their division.
The Orioles managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rays who are coming in with a 21-15 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
The Rays are coming into the game with three consecutive wins, while the Orioles currently have a losing streak of six.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 46-18. The Orioles have a 46-13 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th, Tampa Bay sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 500 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 569.
Ranking 25th, Baltimore is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 316 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 356.
When the Orioles hit at least one home run, they are 56-36. When the Rays hit at least one homer, they have a 49-35 record.