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Baseball odds preview - Baltimore vs. Tampa Bay

Baltimore OriolesTampa Bay Rays
April 4, 3:10 PM | TurfTropicana Field

Baltimore Orioles vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds


Tampa Bay will look to improve on its 1-1 record when take on Baltimore, a key part of the MLB odds lineup on Thursday.

Miguel Gonzalez gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Orioles on this day; he's 0-0 on the season. The Rays, meanwhile, will counter with Fausto Carmona, who will be looking to improve on his 0-0 mark.

View Baltimore vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Rays in this one, they're listed as moneyline favorites of -135 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Rays, most recently No. 3 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Orioles, who rate an American League No. 8 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 3-rated American League offense, averaging 6 runs per game, against a Orioles defense that ranks No. 13 in the American League at 6 in runs allowed per game. The Rays have averaged 10 hits per game so far, less than Orioles batters have averaged on the year (12 hits per game).

Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 14 defense, allowing 7 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Baltimore's American League No. 13-rated defense.

Baltimore lost its last outing, an 8-7 result against the Rays on April 3. Bettors who backed the Rays at -130 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (15) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Baltimore didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 8-7 to Tampa Bay on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.

Baltimore Orioles Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Minnesota are 6-4
After playing Tampa Bay are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Cleveland are 3-7
After playing Baltimore are 4-6
After a win are 8-2

A few Orioles at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Baltimore's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Baltimore's last 24 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Baltimore's last 10 games
Baltimore is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games
Tampa Bay is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 11 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games

Next up:
Baltimore home to Minnesota, Friday, April 5
Tampa Bay home to Cleveland, Friday, April 5