In the last of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (0-2) and the Baltimore Orioles (0-2) at Tropicana Field, Jake Odorizzi (11-13, 4.12 ERA) and Miguel Gonzalez (10-9, 3.23 ERA) get the start. The Orioles won the last game 6-5 and Baltimore leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 8 and will air on MASN and SunSports.
Odorizzi is 0-2 with a 5.48 ERA, 20 strikeouts and 11 walks against the Orioles in his career. Kevin Kiermaier (.429 ) continued his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the Rays, Gonzalez is 4-3 with a 4.03 ERA, 41 strikeouts and 35 walks. Steve Pearce (.429 ) has been hitting the ball well to start the season for the Orioles, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
Tampa Bay is a slight -110 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fifth in all of baseball with two steals.
They sport the third-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 6.0 runs per game. Baltimore is one of the top hitting teams in the AL with an average of 7.0 hits per contest. Baltimore has an eye for the strike zone, ranking 4.0 in the AL with fourth walks per game. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have some of the most overpowering arms in the AL with an average of 9.5 strikeouts per game.
The previous two games have all gone Baltimore's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL, O/U - Over
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Baltimore's last 6 games.
Baltimore is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games.
Baltimore is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Baltimore's last 8 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Baltimore's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay.
Baltimore is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay.
Baltimore is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay.
In their last game, the Orioles won by a margin of one run. The Rays are 0-1 in one-run games. The Orioles have a 1-0 record in close games.
It looks like the Orioles have a slight leg up on the Rays, as the Orioles have won their last two games while the Rays have lost their last two.
Ranking 11th, Tampa Bay is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring seven this season. Baltimore ranks in the top five at third with 12.
Tampa Bay and Baltimore both rank in the top five of the league in walks. Tampa Bay sits at fifth with seven this season and Baltimore ranks second with eight.
When the Rays hit at least one home run, they are 0-2. When the Orioles hit at least one homer, they have a 2-0 record.