Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles Prediction, 8/8/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles
Date: Sunday, August 8, 2021
Location: Oriole Park in Baltimore, MD
Odds/Point Spread: Tampa Bay (-196) Baltimore (+150)
Michael Wacha and the Tampa Bay Rays (66-44, 1st in AL East) travel to Oriole Park on Sunday where they'll meet the Baltimore Orioles (38-70, 5th in AL East). The Orioles open this contest at +150 while the Rays are coming in at -196. The O/U opens at 10.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Michael Wacha and Jorge Lopez.
Tampa Bay is slugging .407 and have been called out on strikes 1,099 times, while being walked on 407 occasions. They have accrued 520 RBI's and 872 hits this year, and their team batting average is sitting at .234. The Rays have compiled 188 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 140 balls out of the park. They have earned 549 runs while holding a team OBP of .316. As a unit, the Tampa Bay Rays are compiling 5.0 runs per game, which has them sitting at 5th in the league.
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The Rays have compiled a team ERA of 3.57 so far this season (4th in the league), and their staff has rung up 1,040 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 304 opposing players and their FIP comes in at 3.70 as a squad on the season. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.42 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.15. Rays pitchers have given up 122 home runs and also 440 runs (10th in the league).
The Rays have dispatched 354 relief pitchers to the hill on the season. The relief pitchers have inherited 112 base runners on the campaign with 30.4% of them earned a run for their team. They have compiled 29 saves over the course of the season and have blown 13 out of their 42 chances to save the game. The Rays relief pitchers have recorded a save rate of 69.0% and has entered the game in 109 save situations. The relief pitchers have accumulated 65 holds this season (6th in the league). Rays pitchers have gone to the mound with players on base 92 times in addition to having 134 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Tampa Bay Rays have amassed 2,973 putouts for the season, as well as 941 assists and 57 errors. Their fielding rate is at .986 which has them sitting 8th in pro baseball, and have earned 715 double plays. The Rays have turned 70.6% of baseballs in play into outs in their 8,919 innings on the field, which has them sitting at 6th in pro baseball.
Wacha has pitched in 977 frames and has accounted for 865 punch outs in his career. His ERA is 4.11 (446 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.338. He has given up 977 hits (9.0 hits per nine innings) and has had 330 walks. Wacha (62-46 mark in his career) holds a FIP of 4.06 while he has gone up against 4,171 hitters in the majors.
The Orioles have a SLG% of .400 and they are scoring 4.16 runs per contest (24th in MLB). They have tallied 183 doubles, while walking 304 times as well as putting up 449 runs. Baltimore has a total of 126 home runs this season to go along with 432 RBIs. They have been rung up on 944 occasions (18th in the league) and have recorded 858 base knocks. The Baltimore Orioles have an on-base percentage of .302 and a batting average of .238 so far this season.
The Baltimore pitching staff have given up 603 runs on the campaign and come in with a team ERA of 5.56 (576 earned runs relinquished). They have given up 154 home runs and they yield 5.82 runs per 9 innings (29th in the league). The Orioles have a team WHIP of 1.471 and have a FIP of 4.80 as a team on the season. Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.31 (879 strikeouts vs 380 free passes). They sit at 29th in baseball as a staff in total hits given up with 993.
Sitting with 77 save situations, the Orioles have compiled 42 holds in addition to 16 blown saves. Baltimore has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the hill in 34 save chances and they have tallied 18 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 113 times in high leverage situations in addition to 142 occasions with runners on base. Baltimore relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 37.4% out of their 227 inherited base runners. They rank 26th in the league with a save rate of 52.9%, and they have dispatched 368 relievers to the mound on the year.
In 8,400 innings played, the Orioles have a defensive efficiency of 67.6% (29th in MLB). The Baltimore Orioles have twisted 63 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .986 (7th in professional baseball). The Orioles have accrued 878 assists, 53 errors and have earned a total of 2,800 putouts this year.
So far in his MLB career, Lopez has conceded 380 hits while he has earned 279 punch outs in 330 innings pitched. He has conceded a total of 220 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.544 and having a FIP of 5.1. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.15 and he has gone up against 1,478 opposing hitters so far in his pro baseball career. Lopez (12-29 career win-loss record) is the owner of a 5.99 earned run average while surrendering 10.4 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-196)
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