Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Drew Smyly (1-2) vs. Chris Tillman (9-9)
The Tampa Bay Rays visit Oriole Park on Tuesday to play the Baltimore Orioles. Drew Smyly is the probable starter for the Rays and he'll face Chris Tillman of the Orioles. The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at +120 and Baltimore at -130. The over/under was set at 8. The Rays, with a 70-60 run line record, cover the spread 54% of the time. They also have a 58-63 over/under record. The Orioles are 66-64 against the run line and have a 54-68 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
The Rays head into this matchup with a 64-66 record, including 32-33 on the road. Drew Smyly has a 1-2 record on the season, an earned run average of 3.82 and a 1.24 WHIP. He's pitched 30.2 innings thus far while surrendering 31 hits over that time and when he starts, the Rays are 4-2. Against the over/under, the Rays are 2-4 in his starts. He is getting 4.2 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 3.76 and they've given up 376 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .230 against the Rays bullpen while walking 152 times and striking out 416 times. Tampa Bay is averaging 8.46 strikeouts per game while getting 8.06 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 9th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.68.
As a team, Tampa Bay is batting .247, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .249 average away from home. Ranked at 19th in the league in on-base percentage, the Rays sit at .310 and they hold a .392 team slugging percentage. Evan Longoria leads the team in hits with 128 while the team ranks 26th in baseball with 8.27 hits per game.
With a 39-26 home record, Baltimore will hope to improve on their 63-67 overall mark. Chris Tillman has a record of 9-9 while sporting an earned run average of 4.58 on the year with a 1.33 WHIP. He's pitched 135.2 innings thus far while surrendering 133 hits over that time in which the Orioles are 9-10. Against the over/under, the Orioles are 11-9 when he starts. He is getting 4.7 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 2.85 and they have given up 346 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .230 against the Orioles bullpen while walking 145 times and striking out 400 times. Baltimore is averaging 7.64 strikeouts per game while getting 8.69 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 14th in the league in team earned run average at 3.87.
As a team, they are batting .253, good for 15th in the league while putting together a .269 average at home. Ranked at 25th in the league in on-base percentage, the Orioles sit at .305 and they hold a .420 team slugging percentage. Manny Machado leads the team in hits with 148 while the team ranks 17th in baseball with 8.55 hits a game.
The Rays have committed 78 errors and have combined for 1,127 assists and 3,489 put outs leading to a .983 team fielding percentage. The Orioles have committed 54 errors on the season with 1,270 assists and 3,444 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .989 on the year.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 58-63 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 70-60 against the run line so far this season
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
The Baltimore Orioles are 54-68 against the over/under so far this season
The Baltimore Orioles are 66-64 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 Rays
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