MLB Picks: Bet Orioles -115 vs. Rays

Friday, May 17, 2013 1:51 PM UTC

Friday, May. 17, 2013 1:51 PM UTC

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.
<p style="text-align:center;"></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">Let’s take a closer look at the </span><a style="font-size:1em;" href="/betting-odds/mlb-baseball/" title="Live Baseball Betting Odds" target="_blank">MLB betting odds</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> for this American League East matchup at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><br /><em>Check out our <a href="/mlb-baseball/free-picks/mlb-picks-fridays-betting-odds-lines-report-a-31395/" title="MLB Odds &amp; Betting Lines Report" target="_blank">Friday Morning MLB Odds &amp; Betting Lines Report</a></em></p> <p><b>Disappointing finish</b><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p><b>Swept away</b><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>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.</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">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.</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p><b>Hellickson</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">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.</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>The right-hander is 0-2 with a 5.48 ERA in four road outings, surrendering five home runs in 23 combined frames.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>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.</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em;">Hammel</b><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in two home starts, with opposing hitters batting .250 against him.</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">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.</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>[gameodds]3/226736/43/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b>Prediction</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">I’m going to recommend that readers back the Orioles as one of their <a href="/mlb-baseball/" title="Free MLB Picks &amp; Betting Predictions" target="_blank">MLB picks</a> Friday, as the Rays have dropped Hellickson’s last eight starts away from Tropicana Field.</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <p>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.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p> <strong>MLB Pick:</strong>  <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Bet at Bet365" href=";book=bet365inarticle">Baltimore Orioles -115 at Bet365</a>
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