In the second game of a four game series; the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays will get together on Tuesday night in a battle of American League East rivals. The Baltimore Orioles come into the series on Monday as the leaders of the American League East. The Orioles are 11-6 on the season, and hold a 2.5 game lead on the Toronto Blue Jays. For the Tampa Bay Rays they are in fourth place in the division. The Rays have won 8 out of their first 18 games, and trail by 3.5 games in the divisional race. The Rays are just ½ game behind third place Boston. Find out the latest MLB betting run lines here.
Baltimore Orioles vs Tampa Bay Rays MLB Odds Analysis
When: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Where: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida
TV: MASN 2, Fox Sports Sun
Radio: 105.7 The Fan, WGES 680
Stream Option: MLB TV
Pitching Matchups: Jimenez vs. Odorizzi
MLB Odds: TBA
Why Bet the Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays lost the first two games on the road at the Yankees, before winning on Sunday. Drew Smyly pitched well once again for the win. On Tuesday, Tampa Bay will send Jake Odorizzi to the mound. The 26 year old is seeking his first win of the season. The Rays offense has been anchored by Steven Souza Jr. The rightfielder has 5 homeruns on the season, including two on Sunday, which was his birthday. Tampa Bay is one of the worst team defenses in all of the league. The Rays are batting just .221 on the season.
Why Bet the Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles have been winning games with a great team batting average of .283. The Orioles are second in the league, and also one of the top scoring teams in the American League. Manny Machado is sizzling to start the season. The young third basemen is batting .380 on the season, with 6 homeruns. Mark Trumbo has gotten off to a fast start as well, with 16 runs batted in. The Orioles will send Ubaldo Jimenez to the hill. The 32 year old is 1-1 on the season, and 101-95 in his career as a starting pitcher. Baltimore is 2-1 in games he has started this season.
Expert Score & Prediction
No team in the American League has played more consistently to start the season than the Baltimore Orioles. While the Chicago White Sox have been good, as have the Texas Rangers, the biggest glaring feature here is the Baltimore offense. The Orioles have a ton of guys that can hit the ball out of the ballpark. The Orioles, when they get pitching are really tough to beat. Look for Ubaldo Jimenez to make that happen in this game. The bet here is the Baltimore Orioles +111 over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. The final score prediction for this game is the Baltimore Orioles 7-4 over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.