Baltimore Orioles versus Tampa Bay Rays Pick Prediction MLB Lines Odds Preview 4-18-2013

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The 5-9 Tampa Bay Rays will conclude their AL East series with the 7-7 Baltimore Orioles in a Major League Baseball game on Thursday night. First pitch from Baltimore is scheduled for 7PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the MLB Extra Innings Channel.

The MLB betting odds from this game has the road team Tampa Bay Rays favored by -125 odds with the take back on the Baltimore Orioles at +115 odds. The total is lined at 7 ½ runs.

The Rays will start left hander David Price who will be pitching his third game of the season. Price is 0-1 on the year with an ERA of 5.82 and WHIP of 1.65. After a bad home outing to Cleveland where he allowed 8 earned runs in five innings Price bounced back with a no decision in a 2-1 road defeat at Boston on Saturday. The Rays lefty threw six innings and allowed one earned run and four hits. Tampa Bay has struggled for offense this season raking 28th in runs scored with just 3.21 per contest. The Rays are second to last in Major League Baseball in team batting average as they hit just .212 on the year. Tampa Bay bounced back to knot the series with Baltimore at 1-1 following a 6-2 victory against the Baltimore Orioles as a -120 betting favorite. The game finished right at the closing line of 8 runs. They team had dropped six of seven games after the win on Wednesday.

The Orioles will counter with right hander Miguel Gonzalez working his third game this year. Gonzalez is 1-1 with an ERA of 2.92 and WHIP of 1.38. Two starts this season and he went at least six innings each team and gave up two earned runs in game at the Yankees and at the Rays. He beat the Rays on April 4th. Baltimore is a mid-pack offense this season. Their pitching staff is eighth in the league in WHIP and bullpen ERA.