It has taken more than half of the MLB betting season for it to happen, but there is now a gap starting to open up atop the AL East. This is a division that has been tight from top to bottom since day 1, but now the Yankees are starting to pull away from the pack. In order to keep pace, it’s important for the other teams to perform well in division series. The Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays will meet for a 3-game series in Florida, with the second game set for Saturday.
Quick Look at the Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays MLB Lines Report & TV Info
Date/Time: Saturday, July 25th, 6:10 PM
Venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Sun Sports
Radio: WDAE 620 AM /95.3 FM
Opening Line: Tampa Bay -114
You’ve seen Manny Machado & Jonathan Schoop’s celebration handshake… pic.twitter.com/1huHMqjt6f
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) July 23, 2015
The Orioles (46-48) blew their opportunity to cut into the lead, falling to a 3-game sweep at the hands of the Yankees in their last series. It has been something of a disastrous start to the second half for the O’s, as they also dropped 2 of 3 to the Tigers in the opening series after the break. They are now 7 games out of first place, and much of that has to do with their record on the road. Baltimore has put up a solid record at Camden Yards, but it’s when they get on the road that things seem to fall apart. All of their losses in the second half have been away from home, and that has taken their road record for the season to a pretty bleak looking 19-30. They have another pretty long road trip coming up after a short home stand, and that could end up spelling the end of their season if they don’t turn things around. Miguel Gonzalez (8-6, 4.21 ERA) will get the start for Baltimore, and will be looking to be a lot more consistent in the second half.
The Tampa Bay Rays (48-49) will be glad to get back home after a tough road trip to start the second half. They lost both series to get thing rolling after the break, with the loss to the Phillies being a particularly bitter pill to swallow. There is no big secret as to what the problems are with this team, as all you need to do is look at their scores. This is a team that suffers from a total lack of offense, which is why the short period they spent atop the division in the first half came as such a surprise. There was always the feeling that their lack of power would catch up with them, and it certainly has now. Erasmo Ramirez (8-3, 3.54 ERA) will be on the mound for the Rays, which is good news, as Tampa usually wins when he starts.
- Jason Garcia P 60-Day DL
- Steve Pearce OF 15-Day DL
TAMPA BAY RAYS
- Jeff Beliveau P 60-Day DL
- Asdrubal Cabrera SS 15-Day DL
- Alex Cobb P 60-Day DL
- Desmond Jennings OF 60-Day DL
- Burch Smith P 60-Day DL
- Drew Smyly P 60-Day DL
Ramirez was nothing short of spectacular the last time he faced the Orioles, and given his team’s lack of offense at the moment, he may have to be again. I think he will give his team a real chance to win, and I think the Rays will win a tight one.