James Shields vs Chris Tillman matchup featured in MLB action
Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles Odds
MLB wagering interest swings to the Baltimore vs Tampa Bay battle on Thursday at Camden Yards as the Orioles try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.
Baltimore sends Chris Tillman out against James Shields for the Rays in this game. Tillman is 2-1 with a 1.15 ERA on the season, while Shields is 8-6 on the year and has a 4.39 ERA.
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Rays listed as underdogs of -110 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 9, depending on the book.
This game matches up the No. 13 (Orioles) and the No. 7 (Rays) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Baltimore's No. 12 ranked American League offense (4.1 runs per game) against a Rays defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 4 in the American League at 4 runs allowed per game. The Orioles have been averaging 8.1 hits per game, more than the Rays have managed so far this season (7.7 hits on average).
Baltimore owns the American League's No. 10 defense, allowing 4.6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Tampa Bay's American League No. 4-rated defense.
Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 10-1 result against the Orioles on July 25. Bettors who backed the Rays at -138 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (11) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Rays hope for a dominant pitching performance similar to their last game when David Price struck out 10 batters in 10-1 victory on Wednesday at Camden Yards.
Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing LA Angels are 7-3
After playing Baltimore are 5-5
After a win are 3-7
Baltimore Orioles Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Oakland are 6-4
After playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6
A few Rays at Orioles trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Baltimore
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baltimore's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Baltimore's last 8 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Baltimore's last 11 games when playing Tampa Bay
Baltimore is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay at LA Angels, Friday, July 27
Baltimore home to Oakland, Friday, July 27