American League East rivals Tampa Bay and Baltimore continue their three game set tonight with a game two showdown at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. This evening’s divisional tilt, which features starters David Price and Miguel Gonzalez, is scheduled for a 7:05pm ET start. The latest MLB Odds have the visiting Rays listed as a -145 moneyline favorite; tonight’s game total is set at eight runs (Over favored at -120 odds).
Baltimore (51-46) got the season’s second half off to a 1-4 start, but it rebounded with a five game win streak between July 18th and July 22nd. The Orioles are now sliding again, having dropped back-to-back games by a score of 3-1. Unfortunately for Baltimore, its most recent setback came against the Rays, reducing the O’s lead over Tampa Bay to one game in the AL East race.
Baltimore’s bid to retain sole possession of second place continues with rookie hurler Miguel Gonzalez toeing the rubber. Gonzalez has been solid in six appearances this season (three as a starter, three as a reliever), producing a 2-1 record and 2.61 ERA. Two of Gonzalez’ three starts have been quality ones as he limited the Angels to one run over seven innings on July 6th and the Indians to two runs last Friday.
Tampa Bay, which improved to 50-47 with last night’s win, with counter Gonzalez with staff ace David Price. The Vanderbilt product has been outstanding this season, compiling a 13-4 record and 2.64 ERA in 19 starts. Price has allowed three or fewer earned runs in his last six appearances, helping the Rays produce a 5-1 record in that span of games. Price is 5-2 with a 2.58 ERA in 10 starts opposite Baltimore.
Baltimore is 5-3 in its last eight games against the Rays and it is 4-1 in its last five versus Tampa Bay at Camden Yards.
MLB Odds Betting Trend: The Rays are 8-2 in their last 10 games as a road favorite with a total between 7.5 and 8 runs.
MLB Odds 2012 Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles: Provided by Bovada.lv
Tampa Bay Rays -1.5 (+115), Over 8 (-120), -145 (Moneyline)
Baltimore Orioles +1.5 (-145), Under 8 (-110), +125 (Moneyline)