MLB Picks: Bet Orioles -115 vs. Rays

Jeff Grant

Friday, May 17, 2013 1:51 PM GMT

The Baltimore Orioles have enjoyed great success following an off day in recent years, as they prepare to open up a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays Friday night.

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League East matchup at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.


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Disappointing finish 

Tampa Bay finished its 10-game homestand with a 6-4 record, as it suffered a 4-3 setback to the Boston Red Sox as -148 favorites Thursday night, with closer Fernando Rodney allowing three runs in the top of the ninth inning. 

The Rays are 0-6 after scoring three or fewer runs in two straight games this season, with the UNDER going 3-1-2 in that situation. 

Swept away 

Baltimore suffered its first sweep of the 2013 campaign, as it dropped two games to the San Diego Padres, including an 8-4 setback as -157 home favorites Wednesday afternoon.

The Orioles are a dominating 30-17 following an off day the last two-plus seasons, while winning 36 of their last 51 games following a loss. 

Hellickson

Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 5.25 ERA) hasn’t earned a decision in three consecutive starts, as he watched the team capture an 8-7 home victory over the Padres in his last effort, allowing six runs and six hits over 6.2 frames. 

The right-hander is 0-2 with a 5.48 ERA in four road outings, surrendering five home runs in 23 combined frames. 

In 13 career appearances (12 starts) versus the Orioles, Hellickson has garnered a solid 6-3 record and 2.70 ERA, including a 2-1 mark and 3.26 ERA in six games at this ballpark.

Hammel 

Orioles starting pitcher Jason Hammel (5-1, 4.93 ERA) has won three consecutive decisions, but he failed to earn one in a 9-6 road victory over the Minnesota Twins last time out, as he allowed six runs and eight hits over four innings. 

The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in two home starts, with opposing hitters batting .250 against him.

In two career games versus the Rays, Hammel has compiled a 1-0 record and 3.72 ERA, as he’s allowed just four hits in 9.2 combined frames. 

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Orioles as one of their MLB picks Friday, as the Rays have dropped Hellickson’s last eight starts away from Tropicana Field. 

Baltimore is 56-35 since calling up third baseman Manny Machado in August of last year, which happens to be the second-best record in baseball in that span. 

MLB Pick:  Baltimore Orioles -115 at Bet365