Orioles vs Rays

Orioles vs Rays – MLB Odds & Picks

Written by on August 26, 2020

The Baltimore Orioles continue to overachieve, while the Tampa Bay Rays are battling for the AL East Division title with the New York Yankees. The Orioles and Rays continue their series at Tropicana Field on Wednesday night. The Rays will be favored on the MLB odds, although their starting pitcher is not 100 percent and that will affect by how much they are favored.

How to Bet Orioles at Rays MLB Odds & TV Info

  • When: Wednesday, 6:40 PM ET
  • Where: Tropicana Field
  • Probable pitchers (away/home): Asher Wojciechowski/Ryan Yarbrough or TBA
  • TV: MLB Extra Innings
  • Stream/gameday audio: https://www.mlb.com/live-stream-games/
  • Opening MLB Lines: TBA
Why Bet on Baltimore?

The Orioles are without shortstop Jose Iglesias, who is on the injured list with a left quad injury. Known as a defensive specialist over his eight seasons prior to 2020, Iglesias has almost doubled his 84 OPS+ from 2011-19 with a 166 OPS+ through 58 plate appearances this season.  Iglesias’ .400/.414/.564 slash line has been a true shock and helped Baltimore get off to a 12-10 start. Andrew Velazquez has been filling in at short in Iglesias’ absence.

Monitor the status of catcher Pedro Severino. He injured his hip in Sunday’s game. Severino has been one of the most productive bats on the Baltimore roster thus far, slugging five homers to go with a solid .329/.398/.570 slash line. His .967 OPS is unreasonable to expect the rest of the way, but even something more in line with his 2019 .740 OPS is pretty good.

Another surprise has been Cole Sulser. In his first year with the team, Sulser has become the team’s de facto closer, recording a team-high five saves in seven opportunities. He’s earned the trust of manager Brandon Hyde, who has continued to lean on the right-hander. Batters are only hitting .114 against him. In high-leverage situations, batters are only at a .150 average against him.

It’s Asher Wojciechowski (1-3, 4.84) scheduled on the mound. Wojciechowski wasn’t long for Thursday’s loss to the Red Sox, allowing three runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings. Six of his seven hits allowed were singles, so it wasn’t as though he was getting hammered, but a lack of efficiency — he threw 88 pitches in those 3 2/3 innings — didn’t help his cause. He did strike out four while walking one before exiting. Wojciechowski was coming off his first win of the campaign in his previous start, but he was unable to replicate his success against Boston.

Wojciechowski has not faced the Rays in 2020. Why Bet on Tampa Bay?

The Rays got some good news Monday night when X-rays turned up negative on Kevin Kiermaier’s right foot. He made an early exit from that day’s loss to the Blue Jays after fouling a ball off his foot, but it looks like he has avoided a serious injury. Kiermaier hobbled to first base but remained in the game after being examined by a team athletic trainer.

Kiermaier entered the game hitting .314 (11-for-35) over his last 10 games. He’s one of the best defensive outfielders in the majors and in the second inning vs. Toronto made a diving catch on Danny Jansen’s ball in shallow right centerfield.

The team already is without closer Nick Anderson, who is on the 10-day injured list with right forearm inflammation. It’s yet another blow to the Rays’ pitching staff. The good news is it appears Anderson’s injury is relatively minor, with manager Kevin Cash saying initial reports are “very encouraging” and they hope to have their best reliever back soon. Anderson leads the Rays in saves (three) and holds (four). He hasn’t allowed an earned run in 11 appearances and has 15 strikeouts and just one walk in 9 1/3 innings pitched.

Anderson became the ninth Rays pitcher currently on the injured list and sixth member of the bullpen, joining Jose Alvarado, Oliver Drake, Andrew Kittredge, Colin Poche and Chaz Roe. The Rays also currently have two starters (Yonny Chirinos and Charlie Morton) and fill-in starter Brendan McKay on the IL. Chirinos and McKay are done for the year.

Because of so many pitching injuries, the Rays haven’t named a starter for Wednesday but it probably will be Ryan Yarbrough (0-2, 4.45). Yarbrough wasn’t at his best in Friday’s start against the Blue Jays, giving up four runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander punched out six and walked two on the night. All of the trouble came in the second inning, where Teoscar Hernandez and Vladimir Guerrero crushed back-to-back homers to begin the frame — and then Lourdes Gurriel added on an RBI double followed by a run-scoring single from Randal Grichuk.

The Rays rank 10th in the majors this season in ERA, 10th in starter ERA and 11th in bullpen ERA, down from 2nd, 4th and 1st, respectively, last season. Rays starters have completed 6 IP only twice and the bullpen leads the majors in innings pitched.

Expert Prediction Rays 5, Orioles 3

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