Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays
The Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays meet for game three of their weekend series at Camden yards. The Rays are -125 favorites over the Orioles with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Baltimore Orioles came into this weekend’s series against the Rays tied for first place in the A.L. East and going into Sunday’s game they have a two game lead in the division. On Saturday Adam Jones had two hits and knocked in two runs, Bill Hall hit a solo home run, and J.J. hardy had a hit and scored a run as the Orioles scored five runs on six hits in all. On the mound Brian Matusz allowed seven hits and two earned runs while striking out five over 5.2 innings for his second win of the year while Jim Johnson earned his 11th save of the year. For Sunday’s game Baltimore starts Jake Arrieta who has lost three of his last four starts. For the season Arrieta has allowed 38 hits and 21 earned runs while striking out 36 over 44.2 innings of work for a 4.23 ERA.
The Tampa Bay Rays have played well all season but they haven’t had what it takes to hang with Baltimore this weekend. On Saturday Brandon Guyer hit a solo home run and scored twice, B.J. Upton had a hit, and Luke Scott had a hit and two RBI’s as the Rays scored three runs on seven hits in all. On the mound Matt Moore allowed four hits and four runs, one of them earned, while striking out six for his third loss of the year. For Sunday’s game Tampa Bay starts James Shields who is looking to rebound from his first loss of the year. For the season Shields has allowed 43 hits and 17 earned runs while striking out 43 over 47.1 innings of work for a 3.23 ERA.
Baltimore is 13-3 in their last 16 games as an underdog, 14-5 in their last 19 games overall, and 1-5 in Arrieta’s last six home starts. Tampa Bay is 1-6 in their last seven games overall, 9-4 in their last 13 games after losing the first two games of a series, and 6-1 in Shields’ last seven starts. Tampa Bay is 12-4 in Shields’ last 16 starts against Baltimore.
The total in this one is set at 8.5 and I have this one going over that number..