Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 5/7/2014
Thursday, May 8, 7:10 PM on MASN, SUN
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Baltimore Orioles - Jimenez, U (1-4) vs. Tampa Bay Rays - Price, D (3-2)
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Thursday evening, the Baltimore Orioles will take the field behind Ubaldo Jimenez as they face the Tampa Bay Rays and David Price. It will be Jimenez’s 7th start and Price’s 8th.
Ubaldo Jimenez got his first win of the season after turning in his best outing of the year. In 7.1 innings, Jimenez pitched scoreless ball and allowed just 3 hits and a walk as he struck out 10. But despite the great performance, Jimenez still has just a 1 – 4 record and an ERA of 5.19. Last season, Jimenez was 13 – 9 with a 3.30 ERA in 32 starts with the Cleveland Indians.
In 2013, Jimenez won his only start against the Rays after pitching 8 scoreless innings and allowing only 4 hits and a walk while striking out 7. Jimenez might want to pitch around Tampa Bay’s Yunel Escobar. Escobar is 7 of 19 with a homer and 2 RBIs against Jimenez.
David Price pitched to a no decision in his last start despite pitching 7 innings and surrendering just 2 runs on 8 hits (including a home run) without issuing a walk and striking out 8. The lack of a decision left his record at 3 – 2 with an ERA of 4.44. Last season, Price went 10 – 8 with an ERA of 3.33 in 27 starts.
In 2013, Price was 1 – 0 with a 4.50 ERA in 4 starts against the Orioles. He gave up 11 runs in 22 innings against Baltimore, which was the most against any team. Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz has hit Price well, with a .375 average, 2 homers and 4 RBIs in 16 at-bats.
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 Tampa Bay
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