MLB Predictions: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles

The Tampa Bay Rays (70-52) and Baltimore Orioles (67-56) will open up a three-game American League East series Monday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles 

Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria is starting to swing the bat better in August
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria is starting to swing the bat better in August

Tampa Bay has won four of its last five games, including a 2-1 home victory over the Toronto Blue Jays as -160 favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.  The Rays have been led by third baseman Evan Longoria on the offensive end recently, as he has nine extra-base hits in his last 11 games, which is a great sign after coming off a horrendous July.  Tampa Bay is 12-3 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 this season, which is important to consider when making your pro baseball picks Monday night.

Rays starting pitcher David Price (6-5, 3.28 ERA) has led the club to five wins in his last six outings, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 5-4 home victory over the Seattle Mariners last time out, as he allowed four runs and five hits over seven frames.  The left-hander is 5-1 with a 2.71 ERA in nine road games, issuing nine walks and striking out 59 batters in 63 combined frames.  In 14 career games versus the Orioles, Price has compiled a 6-2 record and 2.60 ERA, including a 3-0 mark and 3.20 ERA in seven efforts at this ballpark.

Baltimore took two of three games from the Colorado Rockies, including a 7-2 victory as -145 home favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for the sixth time in seven contests.  The Orioles are 3.5 games back of the AL Wild Card-leading Rays, as they look to continue getting major production out of Chris Davis and Adam Jones.  The duo went a combined 7-for-10 at the plate yesterday.  Baltimore is 7-6 as home underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, which can’t be ignored when looking over the pro baseball odds page.

Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman (14-3, 3.70 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 5-4 road defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks last time out, as he allowed two runs and five hits over six frames.  The right-hander is 7-2 with a 4.36 ERA in 13 home outings, surrendering 18 home runs in 76.1 combined innings.  In 10 career games versus the Rays, Tillman has tallied a 2-5 record and 4.77 ERA, including a 10-7 road victory on June 9.

Sports bettors will likely play the Rays due to their 5-2 record in Price’s last seven road starts in the series.

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