Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles: Best Odds and Preview for August 18, 2021


By BestOdds Analyst | August 18, 2021, 1:30 pm

The Tampa Bay Rays (73-47) are looking for another big outing from a slugger on a roll when they square off against the Baltimore Orioles (38-80) on Wednesday at 7:10 PM ET at Tropicana Field. Mike Zunino is riding a five-game home run streak for the favored Rays (-345) in the matchup with the underdog Orioles (+277). Tampa Bay’s Louis Head starts against Baltimore’s Spenser Watkins.

Best Odds for Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles

Welcome to the BestOdds’ betting breakdown where we use data from our industry leading partner, Sportradar, to identify performance trends in order to analyze teams’ chances to win the upcoming game.

Today, we are looking at the MLB matchup between the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles in which the Rays are currently the clear pick among bettors to claim victory.

Rays vs Orioles Moneyline Action

Rays vs Orioles Moneyline Action
Rays Orioles
Bet % 94% 6%
Stake % 98% 2%

Rays Insights

Betting Trends

  • The Rays have been chosen as favorites in 75 games this year and have walked away with the win 47 times (62.7%) in those games.
  • Contests with Tampa Bay have gone over the total set by bookmakers in 65 of 118 chances this season.
  • The Rays have scored 627 runs this season, which ranks second in MLB.
  • In six games as the favorite over the last 10 matchups, Tampa Bay has a record of 5-1.
  • When it comes to the over/under, the Rays and their foes are 8-2 in their previous 10 contests.

Probable Starting Pitcher Stats

  • Head will start for the Rays, his first this season.
  • The 31-year-old righty has appeared out of the bullpen 18 times this season.
  • He never started in a game last season with a total set by oddsmakers.

Key Players

Name GP BA OBP SLG HR RBI H
Nelson Cruz 85 .294 .359 .537 19 50 87
Mike Zunino 79 .215 .301 .567 26 48 53
Brandon Lowe 112 .233 .333 .496 28 69 92
Randy Arozarena 105 .280 .352 .468 16 54 113
Austin Meadows 109 .233 .320 .459 21 79 95

Orioles Insights

Betting Trends

  • The Orioles have won 35 of the 109 games they were the moneyline underdog this season (32.1%).
  • Baltimore has had an over/under set by bookmakers 118 times, and has combined with opponents to go over the total in 62 of those games (62-53-3).
  • The Orioles score the fourth-fewest runs in baseball (475 total, four per game).
  • Baltimore was the moneyline underdog nine times in the last 10 games, but lost each matchup.
  • Over their last 10 outings, the Orioles and their opponents combined to go over the run total six times.

Probable Starting Pitcher Stats

  • Watkins gets the start for the Orioles, his eighth of the season. He is 2-4 with a 5.25 ERA and 23 strikeouts over 36 innings pitched.
  • The right-hander last appeared on Friday against the Red Sox, when he tossed four innings, allowing six earned runs while giving up seven hits.
  • Watkins’ team has compiled a 2-6 record in his eight starts.
  • Watkins has had eight starts that sportsbooks set a total for this season, and five of those outings finished over the total.

Key Players

Name GP BA OBP SLG HR RBI H
Cedric Mullins 114 .315 .377 .534 20 41 140
Jorge Mateo 11 .333 .349 .500 0 2 14
Ryan Mountcastle 102 .262 .306 .476 19 63 97
Trey Mancini 113 .253 .316 .456 20 62 110
Ramón Urías 58 .262 .341 .383 5 25 48

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