The Baltimore Orioles (16-14) and Tampa Bay Rays (15-18) will continue an American League series on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET
Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Baltimore snapped a two-game losing streak Tuesday night, as it picked up a 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay as +129 road underdogs, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in four contests. The Orioles are being led offensively by catcher Matt Wieters, who is hitting .375 with two home runs and eight RBIs in his last nine games. He’s batting .333 with five home runs and 20 RBIs in 20 games in this series since the start of last season. Baltimore is 6-4 as a road underdog of +100 to +124 this season, with the OVER going 6-4 in that situation.
Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris (2-2, 3.94 ERA) has won back-to-back efforts, including a 5-1 home win over the Pittsburgh Pirates last time out, as he allowed a single run and seven hits over 5.1 innings of work. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 6.23 ERA in three road appearances—serving up four home runs in 17.1 combined frames. In four career games versus the Rays, Norris has compiled a 1-2 record and 4.19 ERA.
Tampa Bay has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, while it has gone OVER the total in seven of its last 10 affairs. The Rays have some players that have had great success against Norris—led by James Loney and David DeJesus going a combined 16 for 30 at the plate. It’s important to point out that the club has the worst ERA in baseball from April 13 to May 5. Tampa Bay is 3-3 as home favorites of -125 to -150 this season, with the OVER going 4-2 in that situation.
Rays starting pitcher Cesar Ramos (1-1, 2.91 ERA) pitched in relief on the road against the New York Yankees last Saturday—his first such appearance since April 9. The left-hander has allowed just a single run and five hits over seven innings of work at home this year. In 14 career appearances versus the Orioles, Ramos has yet to earn a decision, and compiled a 3.27 ERA in seven outings in 2013.
Sports bettors will likely back the Rays due to their 36-26 record in May dating back to 2012.