Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 5/6/2014
Wednesday, May 7, 7:10 PM on MASN, SUN
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Baltimore Orioles - Norris, B (2-2) vs. Tampa Bay Rays - Ramos, C (1-1)
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Bud Norris will be taking the mound for the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night when they face Cesar Ramos and the Tampa Bay Rays.
Bud Norris was only able to go 5.1 innings in his matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates last Thursday, but he did well enough to pick up his second win of the season. He gave up just one run in the game on seven hits while striking out three and walking one. He now has an ERA of 3.94, which is half a run better than his career mark.
Norris is one of David DeJesus' favorite pitchers to face, going 7-for-13 against him with two home runs and four RBI. James Loney has a .529 batting average against the right-hander in 17 at-bats.
Cesar Ramos will return to the mound as a starter after serving as a reliever in his last outing. Ramos' last start came on May 1 against the Boston Red Sox when he gave up one run on one hit while walking a season-high six batters. His ERA is a solid 2.91 on the season.
Ramos will not be looking forward to facing Orioles' shortstop J.J. Hardy, who has five hits in nine at-bats against him with a double and two home runs. Ramos has done well against outfielder Adam Jones, though, by holding him to just one hit in eight plate appearances.
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
Baltimore Orioles are 13-15-1 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Baltimore Orioles is -0.2
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Rays are 19-12-1 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Tampa Bay Rays is -0.2
Injuries to Watch
04/26/14 1B Chris Davis Oblique 15-day DL (4/26)
04/03/14 P Edgmer Escalo Shoulder 60-day DL (3/30)
03/31/14 LF Francisco Peguero Wrist 15-day DL (3/21)
03/31/14 3B Michael Almanzar Arm 15-day DL (3/23)
03/28/14 LF Nolan Reimold Neck 60-day DL (3/26)
Tampa Bay Rays
04/13/14 P Alex Cobb Oblique 15-day DL (4/13)
04/08/14 P Matt Moore Elbow 15-day DL (4/8), out for season
03/30/14 2B Tim Beckham Knee 15-day DL (3/30)
03/28/14 P Jeremy Hellickson Elbow 15-day DL (3/30)
Tony's Pick: Take Baltimore
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