Preview: Rays at Orioles

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GAME: Tampa Bay Rays (31-40) at Baltimore Orioles (42-30)
DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 25 - 1:05 PM EST
WHERE: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
LINE: N/A TOTAL: N/A


The American League East-leading Baltimore Orioles look to build off a series-opening victory when they host the struggling Tampa Bay Rays in a split doubleheader on Saturday. The Orioles rallied from a three-run deficit Friday with a two-run single by Chris Davis and solo homers from Adam Jones and Manny Machado to record a 6-3 triumph.

Jones has hit safely in five straight games while batting in the leadoff spot and Davis is 8-for-20 with four RBIs in the last five contests for Baltimore, which has won four of its last six contests. The Rays have lost a season-high eight straight games and will look to Corey Dickerson to add offense after going 4-for-10 with a homer, three RBIs and three walks in the last three contests. Tampa Bay has dropped into the cellar in the AL East, 10 ½ games behind the Orioles, and have managed 18 runs during their losing streak. Evan Longoria boasts nine homers in June and has had plenty of success against Baltimore with 30 blasts in 131 encounters.

TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FSN Sun (Tampa Bay), MASN (Baltimore)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays RH Matt Andriese (6-0, 2.88 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Kevin Gausman (0-5, 4.37)

Andriese makes his first start since June 10 after making three straight appearances out of the bullpen, including Wednesday at Cleveland. The 26-year-old Californian yielded three or fewer runs in six of his seven starts and has surrendered just two homers in 50 innings overall. Davis has homered versus Andriese, who gave up four runs in three innings of relief against Baltimore last season.

Gausman permitted four runs and nine hits over five innings Monday against Texas to suffer a fourth loss in his last six contests. The 25-year-old LSU product has struck out 62 and walked 18 in 68 innings overall while allowing 12 homers – five shy of last year’s total. Logan Forsythe is 4-for-7 with two doubles and a homer versus Gausman, who is 2-4 with a 5.65 ERA in 10 games (eight starts) against the Rays.

WALK-OFFS

1. Baltimore 2B Jonathan Schoop has hit safely in six straight games, going 12-for-25 in that span. 

2. Tampa Bay acquired OF Oswaldo Arcia from Minnesota on Thursday and he is expected to be available for the Rays on Saturday.
 
3. Orioles LHP Zach Britton is 22-for-22 in save opportunities this season and boasts 37 strikeouts over 31 2/3 innings.

PREDICTION: Orioles 5, Rays 3

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Tampa Bay 31-40 L8 15-20 16-20 12-13 7-12 8-7 4-8
Baltimore 42-30 W2 28-13 14-17 19-13 16-6 6-10 1-1

Last Meeting

Tampa Bay Baltimore
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/24/16 TB 3 BAL 6 .281 1 .812 .250 2 .741

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
TB L. Forsythe .300 6 .890
BAL M. Trumbo .318 7 .693
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
TB C. Dickerson 2 3 3
BAL M. Machado 3 5 4
Pitching ERA Avg K
TB 3.71 .205 40
BAL 2.08 .243 52
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
TB E. Longoria .273 75 .865
BAL M. Machado .320 88 .996
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
TB E. Longoria 18 41 43
BAL M. Trumbo 21 41 52
Pitching ERA Avg K
TB 4.18 .235 604
BAL 4.20 .265 541

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Tampa Bay Overall Baltimore
31-40 W/L 42-30
30-41 RL W/L 41-31
31-35-5 O/U 35-34-3
4.00 Runs For 4.89
4.35 Runs Against 4.46
Tampa Bay A/H Baltimore
16-20 W/L 28-13
18-18 RL W/L 24-17
20-12-4 O/U 18-20-3
4.61 Runs For 5.10
4.72 Runs Against 4.24
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