The battle for second place in the American League East continues tonight as the Orioles and Rays square off in game two of their three game set at Tropicana Field. This evening’s divisional clash is scheduled to get underway at 7:10pm ET. MLB Point Spreads at TopBet.eu have Tampa Bay listed as a -140 home favorite; Baltimore is drawing +130 odds as a road dog. The game total in tonight’s contest is set at seven runs.
The Orioles have hung on to their solid start much longer than most pundits expected they would as they remain four game above the break even point despite last night’s 2-0 series opening loss to the Rays. Baltimore, a loser in seven of its last 11 games, cannot afford to give much more ground, though, if it hopes to stay near the top of the division or in the Wild Card chase. The Orioles trail the second place Rays by on one game in the AL East and they are 1.5 games back of the Angels, who currently own the final postseason slot.
Taiwanese lefty Wei-Yin Chen will attempt to get the club even with the Rays tonight as he gets the call from Skipper Buck Showalter. Chen has been impressive in his 21 starts this season, posting a 9-6 record, 3.65 ERA, and 1.22 WHIP. The rookie was exceptional in his last appearance as he yielded just three hits and fanned 12 A’s over 5.2 innings in a 6-1 Baltimore win over Oakland. Chen has struggled against the Rays, though; he is 0-2 with a 5.84 ERA in two career starts opposite Tampa Bay.
The red hot Rays, now 56-50 on the season, will take aim at their fourth straight win this evening with second year pro Jeremy Hellickson toeing the rubber. Hellickson brings a 6-6 record and 3.23 ERA to the hill tonight as he looks for his sixth consecutive quality start. The Iowa native was nearly flawless in his last two outings, allowing a total of five hits and one earned run while striking out nine in road wins over the Orioles and Angels. The win against Baltimore improved his record to 5-2 in nine career appearances against the division rival; his career ERA opposite the Orioles is an impressive 2.25.
MLB Point Spreads Betting Trend: The Under is 9-1 in the Orioles last 10 games as a road dog with a moneyline spread between 120 and 140.
Baltimore Orioles vs Tampa Bay Rays 2012 MLB Point Spreads: Provided by TopBet.eu
Baltimore Orioles +1.5 (-170), Over 7 (-110), +130 (Moneyline)
Tampa Bay Rays -1.5 (+150), Under 7 (-110), -140 (Moneyline)