Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays 9/6/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 9/5/2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg
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Saturday afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles will give the ball to Kevin Gausman (7 - 7, 3.93 ERA) as they square off against the Tampa Bay Rays and Drew Smyly (9 - 10, 3.31 ERA). Gausman will be making his 17th start as Smyly makes his 25th start and 28th appearance.
Kevin Gausman dropped his 3rd straight game in his last start. In the loss, Gausman surrendered 5 runs and 5 hits in 7.1 innings. He walked 2 and struck out 7. Gausman has been up and down in recent starts and is just 4 - 5 in his last 10 starts. Last season, Gausman started 5 games and made 15 relief appearances en route to a 3 - 5 record and a 5.66 ERA.
In 2013, as a rookie Gausman was 0 - 1 with a 13.50 ERA in a start and a relief appearance against the Rays. This season, he is 1 - 2 in 3 starts against Tampa Bay.
Drew Smyly pitched to a no-decision in his last outing. In 5.2 innings of work, Smyly allowed 2 runs and 3 hits (including a home run) while walking 2 and striking out 7. The former Detroit Tiger has pitched well for the Rays since coming over in August. Smyly is 3 - 1 in his 6 starts for Tampa Bay and 5 -2 in his last 10 outings overall. Last season, Smyly made 63 relief appearances for the Tigers and posted a record of 6-0-2 with a 2.37 ERA.
In 2013, Smyly picked up a save in his 2 relief appearances against the Orioles. This season, he has made a relief appearance and 2 starts and will bring a 2 - 0 record against Baltimore into this start.
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
Baltimore Orioles are 61-74-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Baltimore Orioles is 0.6
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Rays are 63-70-7 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Tampa Bay Rays is 0
Injuries to Watch
08/31/14 1B Steve Pearce Abdominal out indefinitely
08/22/14 3B Manny Machado Knee 60-day DL (8/12); out for season
06/17/14 C Matt Wieters Elbow 60-day DL (5/11), out for season
06/03/14 P Johan Santana Shoulder 60-day DL (6/2), out for season
04/03/14 P Edgmer Escalo Shoulder 60-day DL (3/30)
03/31/14 LF Francisco Peguero Wrist 15-day DL (3/21)
Tampa Bay Rays
09/04/14 CF Desmond Jennings Knee out indefinitely
06/24/14 LF Jerry Sands Wrist 60-day DL (6/22), out for season
04/08/14 P Matt Moore Elbow 60-day DL (4/8), out for season
03/30/14 2B Tim Beckham Knee 60-day DL (3/30)
Josh's Pick: Take Baltimore
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