In today’s MLB betting guide, the Tampa Bay Rays aim to stay within distance of the Toronto Blue Jays as they take on the lowly Baltimore Orioles. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Pirates attempt to win two in a row after snapping a nine-game losing streak.
Tampa Bay Rays (-155) vs Baltimore Orioles (+135)
Losers of three consecutive games, the Rays didn’t do themselves any favours trying to catch up to a surging New York Yankees team. Having lost four of their last five, including two against the Yankees, Tampa Bay is now 12 games back. The Orioles occupy the last-place spot in the AL East and hold the only losing record in their division. Baltimore won their last game 10-2 against the Blue Jays but are 5-5 in their previous 10. They got 13 hits from eight different players, catching Toronto by surprise in an uncharacteristic off-night for the Canadian club.
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Tyler Wells pitched a solid six innings for the Orioles, allowing just five hits and one run. The team needs more of this quality of pitching, as they represent the league as one of the worst offensive teams this year. Hovering around 10 games below .500, they’ve managed to pull out a 15-15 record at home. The Rays enter today’s contest as favourites, thanks in part to some quality pitching from their rotation. Take Tampa Bay to win today and go with the over (O8.5, -120).
San Francisco Giants (-210) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (+175)
The Giants and Pirates meet for the first of a three-game NL series today. Both teams sit in third place in their respective divisions, with the Giants hovering closer to the top at 4.5 games back. The Pirates won last year’s series between the two clubs 4-3 but have lost nine of their last 10 games. San Francisco has won five of their last six, going 7-3 in their previous 10. While their last game ended in a loss, the return of Brandon Belt to the starting lineup saw him record a home run.
Carlos Rodon will make his 13th start for the Giants, and he was phenomenal in his last appearance. He threw six shutout winnings on route to improving his season record to 5-4. He’s allowed just three runs in his last 15 innings and holds a 3.18 ERA (Earned-Run Average) and a 1.22 WHIP (Walks + Hits Per Inning Pitched) in 65 innings pitched this year. He goes head-to-head with Zach Thompson, who also makes his 13th appearance this year. He is 3-4 this season but has only conceded two-or-less runs in his last three starts. Expect a good pitching duel between the two starters, but take the Giants and go with the over (O8.5, -120).
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