Monday, August 31, 2015
For Updated Odds on This Game Click Here
Probable Pitchers: Chris Archer (11-10) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (8-6)
The Baltimore Orioles host the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park on Monday. Chris Archer is the probable starter for the Rays and he'll face Wei-Yin Chen of the Orioles. The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at -115 and Baltimore at +105. The over/under was set at 7. The Rays, with a 70-59 run line record, cover the spread 54% of the time. They also have a 58-62 over/under record. The Orioles have a 54-67 over/under record and a 66-63 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 51% of the time.
The Rays head into this matchup with a 63-66 record, including 32-33 on the road. Chris Archer has an earned run average of 2.88 and is 11-10 so far on the season while having a 1.03 WHIP. In his starts, the Rays are 15-12 over his 175 innings pitched this season while giving up 138 hits during those innings. Against the over/under, the Rays are 12-12 in his starts. He is getting 3.8 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 375 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 3.80. The bullpen has struck out 414 and walked 151 batters this season while opposing teams hit .231 against them. Tampa Bay has a team average of 8.06 hits allowed per game and are averaging 8.47 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.69, they are 10th in the league.
As a team, Tampa Bay is batting .247, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .249 average away from home. The Rays on-base percentage sits at .310, which puts them at 18th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .392. With 127 hits, Evan Longoria leads the team while his team ranks 26th in hits per game with 8.26.
With a 39-26 home record, Baltimore will hope to improve on their 63-66 overall mark. Wei-Yin Chen is starting this game 8-6 for the season with an earned run average of 3.17 and a WHIP of 1.21. In his starts, the Orioles are 16-9 and he has allowed 153 hits over 156 innings pitched this season. Against the over/under, the Orioles are 7-16 when he starts. He is getting 4.5 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 342 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 2.85. The Orioles bullpen has struck out 397 batters and walked 144 this season while opposing teams have hit .229 against them. Baltimore has a team average of 8.66 hits per game and are averaging 7.65 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.86, they are 14th in the league.
As a team, they are batting .254, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .270 average at home. The Orioles on-base percentage sits at .307, which puts them at 22nd in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .422. With 148 hits, Manny Machado leads the team while his team ranks 15th in hits per game with 8.6.
In terms of team defense, the Rays have a fielding percentage of .983 with 77 total errors, 1,118 assists and 3,462 put outs. Over the course of this season, the Orioles have accumulated 53 errors while having 1,259 assists and 3,420 put outs leading to a .989 fielding percentage.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 58-62 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 70-59 against the run line so far this season
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
The Baltimore Orioles are 54-67 against the over/under so far this season
The Baltimore Orioles are 66-63 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
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)
08/01/15 RF Steven Souza Hand Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/2)
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
08/24/15 SS J.J. Hardy Groin Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/24)
08/01/15 P Mike Wright Calf Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/1)
05/13/15 P Jason Garcia Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/11)
Josh's Pick: Take the Orioles
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Read more articles by Josh Schonwald
Get all of Today's Free MLB Picks
Get all of Today's Expert MLB Picks