Friday, September 18, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Wei-Yin Chen (9-7) vs. Drew Smyly (2-2)
The Tampa Bay Rays welcome the Baltimore Orioles to Tropicana Field on Friday. The Orioles send Wei-Yin Chen to the mound to face Drew Smyly of the Rays. The opening line for this matchup has Baltimore at +116 and Tampa Bay at -126. The over/under was set at 7. The Orioles have a 65-72 over/under record and a 72-73 run line mark, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Rays have a 66-69 over/under record and a 77-68 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 53% of the time.
The Orioles come into this game with a 71-74 record, and they are 27-44 away from home. Starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen holds a 9-7 record with an earned run average of 3.44 and a WHIP of 1.23. In his starts, the Orioles are 17-11 over his 172.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 177 hits during those innings. Against the over/under, the Orioles are 10-16 in his starts. His teammates are averaging 4.6 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 3.11 and they've given up 406 hits on the season. The bullpen has struck out 460 and walked 166 batters this season while opposing teams hit .231 against them. Baltimore has a team average of 8.81 hits allowed per game and are averaging 7.65 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.07, they are 18th in the league.
Baltimore ranks 17th in the league in team batting average at .252 while hitting .237 on the road. Ranked at 25th in the league in on-base percentage, the Orioles sit at .308 and they hold a .423 team slugging percentage. With 165 hits, Manny Machado leads the team while his team ranks 19th in hits per game with 8.57.
With a 70-75 overall record, Tampa Bay will come into this game 34-37 at home. With an earned run average of 3.14, Drew Smyly will come into this game holding a 2-2 record and a 1.17 WHIP. In his starts, the Rays are 5-4 and he has allowed 46 hits over 48.2 innings pitched this season. Against the over/under, the Rays are 3-5 when he starts. His teammates score an average of 4.4 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.75 and they have given up 429 hits on the season. The Rays bullpen has struck out 464 batters and walked 175 this season while opposing teams have hit .233 against them. Tampa Bay has a team average of 8.04 hits per game and are averaging 8.52 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.69, they are 8th in the league.
They rank 22nd in the league in team batting average with a .249 average while hitting .243 at home. Ranked at 19th in the league in on-base percentage, the Rays sit at .313 and they hold a .399 team slugging percentage. With 144 hits, Evan Longoria leads the team while his team ranks 23rd in hits per game with 8.44.
The Orioles have committed 64 errors and have combined for 1,419 assists and 3,858 put outs leading to a .988 team fielding percentage. Over the course of this season, the Rays have accumulated 88 errors while having 1,243 assists and 3,911 put outs leading to a .983 fielding percentage.
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
The Baltimore Orioles are 65-72 against the over/under so far this season
The Baltimore Orioles are 72-73 against the run line so far this season
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 66-69 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 77-68 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/05/15 P Miguel Gonzalez Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/31)
05/13/15 P Jason Garcia Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/11)
Tampa Bay Rays
09/16/15 SS Asdrubal Cabrera Knee "?" Thursday vs. Baltimore Orioles
08/27/15 CF Desmond Jennings Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/26)
08/26/15 C Curt Casali Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/25)
08/21/15 P Jake McGee Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/19)
05/09/15 P Alex Cobb Forearm Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27), out for season
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
Tony's Pick: Take the Rays
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