Baltimore Orioles vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 8/18/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Baltimore Orioles vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Baltimore (+255) Tampa Bay (-357)
Spenser Watkins and the Baltimore Orioles (38-79, 5th in AL East) go to Tropicana Field on Wednesday where they'll meet the Tampa Bay Rays (72-47, 1st in AL East). The line on this contest has the Orioles coming in at +255 and the Rays are at -357. The over/under has been set at 8. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Spenser Watkins and Shane McClanahan.
As a squad, the Baltimore Orioles are scoring 4.1 runs per outing, which has them at 26th in the league. They have a total of 475 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .302. The Orioles have tallied 196 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 138 balls out of the stadium. They have 454 runs batted in and 934 hits for the season, and their team batting average is at .239. Baltimore has a slugging rate of .400 and have been called out on strikes 1,018 times, while drawing a walk on 323 occasions.
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Orioles pitchers have allowed 180 long balls and 683 runs (30th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 418 opposing batters and their FIP sits at 5.02 as a squad this year. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 2.25 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.50. The Orioles have an earned run average of 5.82 on the season (30th in the league), and they have struck out 941 hitters.
The Orioles have sent 400 relief pitchers to the mound this year. The relief pitchers have inherited 241 base runners on the campaign with 39.4% of them crossed home plate. They have tallied 18 saves so far this season and have missed out on 17 out of their 35 save chances. The Orioles relief pitchers have compiled a save rate of 51.4% and has come into the game in 80 save situations. The relief pitchers have recorded 44 holds on the year (28th in MLB). Orioles relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 149 times in addition to having 114 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Baltimore Orioles have a total of 3,031 putouts over the course of the season, in addition to 955 assists and 55 errors. Their fielding rate is at .986 which has them ranked 5th in pro baseball, and have earned 804 double plays. The Orioles have turned 67.6% of balls hit into play into outs in their 9,093 innings on the field, which has them sitting at 29th in the majors.
Watkins has pitched in 36 innings and has 23 punch outs during his pro baseball career. His ERA is 5.25 (21 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.444. He has given up 38 base knocks (9.5 hits per 9 innings) and has 14 free passes. Watkins (2-4 career record) sits with a FIP of 4.96 and he has gone up against 158 opposing hitters in the major leagues.
Tampa Bay has compiled 164 HRs so far this year as well as 584 RBIs. They have 205 two-baggers, while taking a walk 442 times as well as recording 617 runs. The Tampa Bay Rays are sitting with an on-base percentage of .317 and a team batting average of .236 over the course of the season. The Rays hold a team slugging percentage of .419 and they are recording 5.18 runs per contest (3rd in the league). They have struck out on 1,181 occasions (2nd in MLB) and have a total of 957 base hits.
The Rays hold a team WHIP of 1.186 with a FIP of 3.79 as a staff for the season. They have a ranking of 12th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 928. The Tampa Bay pitching staff have surrendered 497 runs for the year while having a team ERA of 3.76 (447 earned runs relinquished). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 3.27 (1,113 strikeouts against 340 walks). They have surrendered 133 home runs and they relinquish 4.18 runs per 9 innings (9th in the league).
Sitting with 112 save situations, the Rays have accumulated 67 holds in addition to 13 blown saves. Tampa Bay has had relievers take the mound in 43 save chances and they have converted 30 saves. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 138 times in high leverage situations and on 96 occasions with base runners. Tampa Bay relievers have an inherited score rate of 30.0% out of 120 inherited runners. They rank 3rd in baseball holding a save percentage of 69.8%, and they have dispatched 380 relievers onto the field so far this year.
The Tampa Bay Rays have twisted 99 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .986 (8th in baseball). The Rays have racked up 1,016 assists, 61 errors and have earned 3,208 putouts so far this season. In 9,624 innings on the field, the Rays have earned a efficiency on defense of 70.1% (8th in professional baseball).
McClanahan (7-4 mark in his career) holds a 3.73 earned run average and has conceded 8.6 hits per nine innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.50 and he has faced 377 batters thus far in his career. He has surrendered a total of 37 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.287 and a FIP of 3.5. So far in his career, McClanahan has conceded 85 hits while he has earned 105 K's in 89 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Baltimore (+255)
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