Orioles vs Rays Picks & Odds (Aug 13)

Orioles vs Rays Picks & Odds (Aug 13)

Anthony Santander celebrates a hit

Aug 9, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Orioles right fielder Anthony Santander (25) reacts after being awarding a single after a first inning review against the against the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Orioles vs Rays odds favor Tampa Bay as -178 moneyline favorites on Saturday, August 13, at 4:10pm ET
Baltimore will give the ball to rookie DL Hall (0-0, 0.00 ERA), while Tampa Bay will counter with Shane McClanahan (10-5, 2.24 ERA)
Read below for the Orioles vs Rays odds and betting prediction

At the start of July, the idea of Baltimore (58-53, 25-32 away) being involved in a playoff race was ludicrous. The Orioles were 11 games under .500 and were staring at yet another last place finish in the AL East.

However, they completely flipped the script. The O’s have reeled off 23 wins in their last 32 games, and find themselves just half a game back of Tampa Bay (58-52, 33-21 home) for the AL’s final Wild Card spot.

Coincidentally, those two division rivals will battle in a three-game set this weekend in the Sunshine state, with Game 2 taking place on Saturday.

Orioles vs Rays Odds

Team
Moneyline
Runline
Total
Baltimore Orioles
+150
+1.5 (-155)
Ov 7 (+100)
Tampa Bay Rays
-178
-1.5 (+130)
Un 7 (-120)

Odds as of August 12 at at Caesars Sportsbook. See available Caesars Sportsbook bonus code.

The Rays opened up as -178 moneyline favorites, in a contest that features a total of 7. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10pm ET inside Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Baltimore vs Tampa Bay Probable Pitchers

The Rays enter with a +5500 price tag in the World Series odds. They’ll give the ball to Shane McClanahan, a top-three AL Cy Young odds contender. McClanahan has been nasty at home this season with an 8-3 record and a 2.24 ERA, but his past two performances have not been encouraging.

The 25-year-old has coughed nine runs total in his past 9.2 innings, scattering 13 hits while striking out only seven. The numbers are far cry from his first half form, where he reeled off victories in nine of his last 10 decisions.

It’s looking like a three-way race for AL Cy Young (via BetMGM).

Justin Verlander -155
Dylan Cease +225
Shane McClanahan +650

Ohtani is fourth at +2200.

— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) August 11, 2022

On the positive side, he’s pitched very well versus Baltimore this season. Three weeks ago he held the O’s to two runs over seven innings, while punching out seven. He has a 1.59 ERA in two starts against the Orioles, holding Baltimore batters to a 1.58 batting average.

Hall (AAA) vs McClanahan Stats

2-6
Record
10-5
4.76
ERA
2.24
1.49
WHIP
0.83
.222
OBA
.184
2.6
SO/W Ratio
7.0

The O’s will counter with prized rookie DL Hall. The Orioles number four prospect will make his Major League debut, after splitting his time this season between Double-A and Triple-A ball.

The southpaw can touch 101 mph on the radar gun, and has shown the ability to dominate Minor League hitters with not only his fastball, but also his off-speed pitches as well.

I think DL Hall will be up for the moment/challenge. Makeup is great. Stuff is great often. Command is shaky often. But some pitchers have the tools and talents to overcome walk totals – this is one. If O’s are “going for it” moves like this are made. Exciting times Birdland.

— Steve Melewski (@masnSteve) August 12, 2022

The main concern with him is command. He averaged 4.6 walks per 9 innings last season, and so far this year he’s issued 45 free passes in 77 innings of work.

The matchup however, is favorable. Tampa Bay is in the midst of one of their biggest offensive funks of the season, which makes this a great time for Baltimore to deploy the rookie.

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Orioles vs Rays Betting Analysis

The Rays have dropped five of their six series since the All-Star Break, and are fresh off getting swept by the Milwaukee Brewers. Tampa Bay is averaging an AL-low 3.4 runs over the second half of the season, and are batting a measly .219 over the past two weeks, with a .306 OBP.

It’s a huge series against the Rays this weekend.

Baltimore enters just a half-game back of Tampa Bay for the final wild card spot. @Tim_Leonard4 previews it all from the @PNCBank Digital Desk. pic.twitter.com/lZhBrTDKvd

— Orioles on MASN (@masnOrioles) August 12, 2022

Baltimore, on the other hand, comes in with strong August splits. The O’s lineup has a slash line of .278/.352/.467 this month, while averaging five runs per contest.

Despite the impressive surge, there’s plenty of reasons to be down on the Baltimore bats on Saturday. First off, McClanahan is one of the few elite pitchers in the AL and when he’s pitching at home it’s basically a cheat code.

As noted, the O’s have struggled against the lefty, but they’ve also underachieved offensively against all of Tampa’s pitchers. In 16 games versus the Rays, Baltimore is averaging just 3.8 runs per contest.

BAL vs TB Last 10 Meetings

Date
Away Team
Home Team
Score
7/28/22
Rays
Orioles
BAL, 3-0
7/27/22
Rays
Orioles
TB, 6-4
7/26/22
Rays
Orioles
BAL, 5-3
7/25/22
Rays
Orioles
BAL, 5-1
7/17/22
Orioles
Rays
TB, 7-5
7/16/22
Orioles
Rays
BAL, 6-4
7/15/22
Orioles
Rays
TB, 5-4
6/19/22
Rays
Orioles
BAL, 2-1
6/18/22
Rays
Orioles
TB, 7-6
6/17/22
Rays
Orioles
BAL, 1-0

Orioles vs Rays Pick

Also working against the O’s lineup is their home/road splits. Baltimore averages fewer runs per game on the road than at home, and boasts a lower batting average, slugging percentage and OPS. Expect that to be amplified this weekend at the Trop, which grades out as baseball’s fourth least friendly park for hitters.

Tampa Bay meanwhile, continues to struggle to find ways to score. They rank bottom-nine in runs per game, and bottom-seven in slugging and OPS.

Pick: Under 7 (-120)

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