In the second of a three-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (23-24) and the Tampa Bay Rays (23-24) at Camden Yards, Wei-Yin Chen (1-3, 3.13 ERA) and Erasmo Ramirez (2-2, 6.62 ERA) take the mound. The Rays lost the last game 2-1, extending a six-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 30 and will air on SunSports and MASN.
Chen is 3-4 with a 3.39 ERA and 1.33 WHIP against the Rays in his career. In his pitching opportunities against the Orioles, Ramirez is 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA. He meets a solid Baltimore offense that's batting .256. David DeJesus (.328, 14 Rs, 4 HRs, 18 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Rays, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Baltimore is a -125 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Orioles perform well as a favorite with a 15-10 record, but haven't fared as well with the overall money line (-294). They have an SU record of 14-15 against teams in their division and a 9-6 record when they were the favorite in those games. Within their division, Baltimore's offense has been playing lights out, averaging 4.8 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.3. Whenever an AL East opponent shows up on the calendar, the Orioles seem to struggle with pitching. They allow an average of 4.2 runs per game, but allow 4.7 against teams from their own division.
Switching gears, the Rays come into this game with a win percentage of .500 when playing as the underdog (12-12) and an overall money line of -161. Against divisional foes, they are 16-13 SU and have played well as the underdog with a 9-7 record. The Rays are the top pitching staff in the AL, essentially shutting down opponents to the tune of 3.6 runs allowed per game. They have a WHIP of 1.16, fourth best in the MLB. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 8.5 strikeouts per game.
The Orioles had the upper hand against the Rays in their previous seven games this season, earning a 5-2 record. This game will feature Ramirez (RHP) on the mound against the Orioles, who have an 18-19 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rays will be the left-hander Chen. They sport a 5-8 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL, O/U - Over
The Orioles are an even 15-15 against the division, while the Rays sit at 16-14.
When leading after 7 innings, Baltimore is 11-9, while Tampa Bay is 9-9.
The Orioles are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Rays have a 0-3 record when opponents give up that many walks.
The Orioles are coming into the game with two consecutive wins, while the Rays currently have a losing streak of six.
When they outhit their opponents, the Orioles are 17-6. The Rays have a 19-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, Tampa Bay sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 180 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top half at 15th with 202.
Ranking 22nd, Baltimore is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 118 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 139.
When the Orioles hit at least one home run, they are 19-13, well-matched with the Rays who are 16-13 when hitting one or more homers.