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Two struggling teams trying to stay relevant in the American League playoff race meet when the Tampa Bay Rays visit the Baltimore Orioles on Monday to begin a three-game series. The Rays beat Kansas City 3-2 on Sunday for their second victory in the last seven contests to remain 4 ½ games behind Texas for the second wild card and Baltimore is 5 ½ back after losing 10 of its last 11.
This game could be low scoring as Wei-Yin Chen (8-6, 3.17 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (63-67) go up against Chris Archer (11-10, 2.88 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (64-66) in the first of a three-game series at Camden Yards. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 31
In his last start, Chen pitched 6.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking one in an 8-5 victory over the Royals. Chris Davis (.251, 73 Rs, 35 HRs, 92 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Rays were unsuccessful to the Twins 5-3 the last time Archer pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out 12 and walking one. Logan Forsythe (.277, 55 Rs, 15 HRs, 53 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Rays, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Baltimore is a slight underdog (+105) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Orioles are 23-34 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -826. Over the last 10 games, they have performed poorly when playing as the underdog (1-4). Baltimore has averaged 3.0 runs per game over the last 10 games, lower than its season average of 4.4. The Orioles rank fourth in the majors in home runs with 169. As for the Baltimore defense and pitching staff, teams routinely struggle to score runs against the Orioles, who allow only 4.0 runs per game.
On the other side, the Rays have a record of 31-29 when they are favored and are -510 overall with the money line. Against teams in their division, they are 24-26 SU and 10-11 as the favorite. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 8.4 strikeouts per game.
The Orioles have mostly come out on top against the Rays in their previous 12 games this season, earning a 7-5 record. The Orioles will take on a right-hander (Archer) in this game and have a 46-51 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rays will be the left-hander Chen. They sport a 23-14 record against southpaws.
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