Bet on Total Runs for Orioles vs. Rays

Jeff Grant

Monday, June 16, 2014 12:31 PM UTC

Monday, Jun. 16, 2014 12:31 PM UTC

Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis has been shut down by the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, which will lead directly to a low-scoring affair Monday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting lines for this American League East matchup.

Struggling at the Plate
Baltimore split its 10-game homestand due to hitting just .217 with runners in scoring position over that span, while the 'under' cashed eight times in that span. The Orioles are going to have a hard time to get things going offensively in this spot, considering first baseman Chris Davis is 3 for 29 in his last seven games played at this venue. MLB handicappers will find that the club has won five of six games played on artificial turf, with the 'over' going 4-2 in that situation.

Taking on Southpaws
Tampa Bay has won three of its last four games, including a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros as -159 road favorites Sunday, while going 'under' the betting total of 7.5. The Rays are a dismal 5-15 versus left-handed starters this season due to ranking 26th in the Majors with a .237 average in that role. Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 29-40 in the month of June, with the 'under' going 40-27-2.

Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (7-2, 3.76 ERA) is coming off a 6-0 home victory over the Boston Red Sox—scattering just four hits over seven scoreless innings. The left-hander is 4-1 with a 4.70 ERA in six road games, with opposing hitters batting .296 against him (.276 at home). In nine lifetime appearances versus the Rays, Chen has compiled a 3-3 record and 2.86 ERA, including a 1-2 mark and 3.07 ERA in five trips to the mound at this ballpark.

Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (2-7, 4.85 ERA) will look to snap a personal four-game losing streak, including a 1-0 setback at home to the St. Louis Cardinals last week—allowing a single run and three hits over 7.1 strong frames. The right-hander is 1-3 with a 3.13 ERA in seven home games, as he’s issued 15 walks and struck out 46 batters in 37.1 combined innings. Odorizzi suffered a 3-0 road defeat to the Orioles on April 16—giving up three runs and five hits over five innings of work.

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks, as the 'under' is 30-12-1 in the last 43 meetings in the Sunshine State.

Free MLB Pick: Bet Under 7.5

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