Friday, July 24, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Tillman (7-7) vs. Chris Archer (9-7)
The Tampa Bay Rays welcome the Baltimore Orioles to Tropicana Field on Friday. The probable starters are Chris Tillman for the Orioles and Chris Archer for the Rays. The opening line for this matchup has Baltimore at +131 and Tampa Bay at -141. The over/under was set at 8. The Orioles, with a 51-42 run line record, cover the spread 54% of the time. They also have a 38-50 over/under record. The Rays have a 40-50 over/under record and a 52-45 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 54% of the time.
The Orioles show up with a 46-47 record, including 17-28 on the road. Starting pitcher Chris Tillman holds a 7-7 record with an earned run average of 4.96 and a WHIP of 1.45. The Orioles are 10-8 over his 98 innings pitched and he's also given up 103 hits over that time period. The Orioles are also 9-9 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates are averaging 5.4 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 240 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 2.81. Teams are hitting .222 against the bullpen while being struck out 290 times and walking 106 times this season. As a team, Baltimore has allowed 8.44 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.79 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 3.74.
Baltimore ranks 10th in the league in team batting average at .256 while hitting .243 on the road. The Orioles on-base percentage sits at .311, which puts them at 20th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .421. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.55 hits per game and Manny Machado leads the team with 106.
Tampa Bay is 23-25 at home while holding a 48-49 overall record on the season. With an earned run average of 2.73, Chris Archer will come into this game holding a 9-7 record and a 1.01 WHIP. The Rays have a record of 11-9 over the 128.2 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 99 hits. The Rays are also 8-9 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates score an average of 3.8 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 291 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.87. Teams are hitting .235 against the Rays bullpen while being struck out 295 times and walking 128 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.14 batters per nine. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.57.
They rank 27th in the league in team batting average with a .238 average while hitting .238 at home. The Rays on-base percentage sits at .303, which puts them at 25th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .376. They rank 29th in baseball with 7.9 hits per game and Logan Forsythe leads the team with 93.
In terms of team defense, the Orioles have a fielding percentage of .988 with 39 total errors, 861 assists and 2,443 put outs. For the home team, they hold a .985 team fielding percentage while committing 53 errors, accumulating 866 assists and compiling 2,604 put outs.
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
The Baltimore Orioles are 38-50 against the over/under so far this season
The Baltimore Orioles are 51-42 against the run line so far this season
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 40-50 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 52-45 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/22/15 LF Steve Pearce Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/19)
05/13/15 P Jason Garcia Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/11)
Tampa Bay Rays
07/12/15 SS Asdrubal Cabrera Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/12)
05/10/15 P Drew Smyly Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/6), out for season
05/09/15 P Alex Cobb Forearm Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27), out for season
05/03/15 CF Desmond Jennings Knee Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/26)
04/29/15 P Kirby Yates Pectoral Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/29)
04/18/15 P Jeff Beliveau Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/22), out for season
Josh's Pick: Take the Rays
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