MLB Picks: Bet Orioles -115 vs. Rays

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 11:39 AM GMT

The Baltimore Orioles land in a favorable situation Wednesday, as they attempt to salvage a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays. Where have we decided to place our MLB picks in tonight's matchup?


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 on ESPN2.

Check out our Wednesday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Taking control 

Tampa Bay has won nine of 14 meetings with Baltimore this season, including a 7-4 victory Tuesday, while going OVER the betting total of 8.5. 

The Rays own a 5.5-game advantage over the Orioles in the AL Wild Card race, but they’ve compiled a 7-10 record as road underdogs of +100 to +125 during the 2013 campaign. 

Sinking ship? 

Baltimore is 3-7 in its last 10 games, but the club lands in a favorable situation in the series finale, as it has gone 14-7 at home with a money line of -100 to -125 this season. 

The Orioles have also won eight of their last 11 contests after losing the first two games of a series. 

Hellickson

Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (10-6, 4.91 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 5-4 home victory over the Toronto Blue Jays last time out, as he allowed three runs and nine hits in six frames.

The right-hander is 5-4 with a 5.40 ERA in 12 road outings this season, with opposing hitters batting .279 against him.

In 15 career appearances versus the Orioles, Hellickson has tallied a 8-3 record and 3.09 ERA, including a 3-1 mark and 4.50 ERA in seven outings at this ballpark. 

Chen 

Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (6-6, 3.23 ERA) has suffered three consecutive losses, including a 6-3 home defeat to the Colorado Rockies last time out, as he allowed four runs and five hits over 6.1 innings of work.

The left-hander is 3-2 with a 3.15 ERA in six home appearances, surrendering three home runs in 40 combined frames.

In six lifetime outings versus the Rays, Chen is 1-3 with a 3.00 ERA, including a no-decision effort in a 8-7 road defeat on April 3. 

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Orioles with their sports picks tonight, as they’ve won Chen’s last five outings as a home favorite of -110 to -150. 

MLB Pick:  Baltimore Orioles -115