In our MLB predictions for Saturday, August 13, we bring you the best Orioles vs Rays betting pick and odds. Baltimore and Tampa Bay meet for the second of a three-game series at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Friday night’s opener has been excluded from the analysis, while the O’s and Rays split their first 16 encounters in 2022.
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Orioles vs Rays Betting Pick
This game will be played at Tropicana Field at 4:10 PM ET on Saturday, August 13, 2022.
Why Bet The Rays:
✅ Shane McClanahan will get the nod for Tampa Bay and try to avoid his third straight loss. The 25-year-old left-hander has allowed nine runs on 13 hits over his last two starts and 10.2 innings of work, and he’s too good to struggle for too long. McClanahan holds a 10-5 record with a shiny 2.24 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 161/23 K/BB ratio in 21 starts (128.1 innings pitched) in 2022. He’s met Baltimore twice so far this season and yielded just a couple of runs on six hits through 11.1 frames. McClanahan ranks in the 95th percentile in xwOBA and the 93rd percentile in hard-hit percentage.
✅ Spenser Watkins (4-2; 4.02 ERA; 1.33 WHIP) will get the ball for Baltimore and face Tampa Bay for the third time this season. In his previous two dates with the Rays, Watkins has allowed six earned runs on a thumping 13 hits across 5.1 innings of work. The current Rays lineup has 24 hits and ten RBIs in 60 at-bats versus Watkins.
✅ The Rays’ bullpen is doing a good job in August. Across 35.2 innings pitched, it has compiled a firm 3.28 ERA, 9.8 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, and .261 BABIP. On the other side, the Orioles ‘pen holds a 4.00 ERA and 4.71 FIP in 27 frames of work this month.
The Orioles entered Friday’s clash at Tropicana Field carrying a 58-53 record. They were half a game behind the Rays, who held the final wild-card spot in the American League. Baltimore has scored 45 runs over its first nine showings in August while slashing an excellent .278/.352/.467 with 11 home runs and 22 doubles through 302 at-bats. Cedric Mullins has 12 hits in his previous 36 at-bats, while Jorge Mateo has homered three times so far this month.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays suffered a tough 4-3 ten-inning defeat at the Milwaukee Brewers this past Wednesday. It was their second straight loss and third in four outings. The Rays have gone 4-4 in their first eight contests in August, scoring just 29 runs on a miserable .208/.303/.319 slash line. They’ve slugged only six home runs and 11 extra-base hits in their previous 260 at-bats. Randy Arozarena is 8-for-28 with a couple of doubles and a home run in August.