Baltimore Orioles vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 4/8/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Baltimore Orioles vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Friday, April 8, 2022
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Baltimore (+165) Tampa Bay (-195)
The Baltimore Orioles (52-110 last season) are traveling to Tropicana Field on Friday where they will compete against the Tampa Bay Rays (100-62 last year). The odds on this game have Baltimore at +165 while Tampa Bay is priced at -195. The betting total comes in at 7.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be John Means and Shane McClanahan.
Baltimore had a slugging percentage of .402 and struck out 1,454 times, while drawing a walk on 451 occasions. They tallied 632 runs batted in in addition to 1,296 base knocks over the course of the prior season, while their batting average finished at .239. The Orioles accrued 266 doubles as a unit and knocked 195 balls out of the park. They notched a total of 659 runs while holding a team OBP of .304. As a unit, the Baltimore Orioles notched 4.1 runs per outing, which ranked them 26th in the league.
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The Orioles finished with a team earned run average of 5.84 in the prior season (30th in MLB), and the staff struck out 1,234 batters. They walked 563 opposing hitters and their FIP came in at 5.15 as a team for the previous season. They accrued a K/BB ratio of 2.19 and their pitching staff held a collective WHIP of 1.48. Orioles pitchers gave up 258 long balls and also 956 runs (30th in the league).
Orioles relief pitchers went to the mound with runners on base 212 times and also had 156 outings in high leverage situations. The relievers had a total of 63 holds in the prior season (30th in baseball). The Orioles relief pitchers had a save rate of 48.1% and came into the game in 119 save situations. They recorded 26 saves last year and missed out on 28 of their 54 save chances. The relief pitchers inherited 335 runners during the previous year with 39.7% of them earned a run for their team. The Orioles sent 569 relievers to the mound over the course of last year.
The Orioles turned 68.3% of balls hit into play into outs out of 12,618 innings, which ranked them 28th in baseball. The Baltimore Orioles had a total of 4,206 putouts in the prior season, as well as 1,359 assists and 74 errors. Their fielding percentage held at .987 which ranked 6th in pro baseball, and they turned 101 double plays.
Means has taken the mound for 348 innings and has racked up 301 punch outs in his career. Means (20-24 win-loss mark in his career) sits with a FIP of 4.65 and he has gone up against 1,419 hitters in the majors. His earned run average is 3.82 (148 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.078. He has conceded 305 hits (7.9 hits per nine innings) with 71 free passes.
The Tampa Bay Rays tallied a team on-base percentage of .321 and a team batting average of .242 in the previous season. They struck out on 1,542 occasions (3rd in the league) and earned a total of 1,335 base hits. Tampa Bay accumulated 222 HRs during the previous year in addition to 810 runs batted in. The Rays held a team slugging % of .428 and they were earning 5.29 runs per contest (2nd in the league). They tallied 288 doubles, while getting a free base 585 times and recording 857 runs.
The Tampa Bay pitching staff conceded 651 runs for the prior year while holding a team ERA of 3.67 (593 earned runs conceded). They gave up 184 home runs and they relinquished 4.03 runs per 9 innings (4th in the league). The Rays had a team WHIP of 1.168 and were the owners of a FIP of 3.79 as a staff last year. Their K/BB ratio was 3.39 (1,478 strikeouts vs 436 walks). They were sitting at 11th in the league as a staff in total hits surrendered with 1,264.
With 159 save situations, the Rays amassed 91 holds in addition to 22 blown saves. Tampa Bay called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the mound in 64 save chances and they recorded 42 saves. Their bullpen pitchers took the field 180 times in high leverage situations and also on 126 occasions with runners on base. Tampa Bay bullpen pitchers had an inherited score percentage of 27.7% of 166 inherited runners. They were ranked 7th in baseball holding a save percentage of 65.6%, and they dispatched 531 relievers to the hill last year.
In 13,101 innings on the field, the Rays earned a efficiency on defense of 70.6% (7th in MLB). Tampa Bay Rays twisted 130 double plays and earned a fielding percentage of .986 (9th in pro baseball). The Rays accrued 1,358 assists, 80 errors and accumulated 4,367 putouts during the previous year.
In his MLB career, McClanahan has surrendered 120 base hits and he has 141 strikeouts in 123 frames. He has conceded a total of 47 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.273 and a FIP of 3.3. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.81 and he has gone up against 517 hitters during his pro baseball career. McClanahan (10-6 career win-loss record) has earned a 3.43 ERA and has given up 8.8 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Baltimore (+165)
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