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Baltimore Orioles vs Tampa Bay Rays 8/17/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Baltimore Orioles (38-79) will battle the Tampa Bay Rays (72-47) in the AL East four-game set tournament at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at 7:10 PM ET. Baltimore needs a win here after losing a series by a sweep against the Boston Red Sox when scoring a total of just five runs in three outings over the weekend. In the next series, the Orioles kneeled to the Rays after a 2-9 defeat in the opening match, Monday. The Orioles failed to stop the offense of Tampa while hitting just 7 shots in that loss. Pitcher Matt Harvey lasted for just 4.2 innings in his start allowing five earned runs on five base hits with one walk granted and struck out six hitters of the Rays in defeat. CF Cedric Mullins scored one run on one hit with an RBI while 2B Jorge Mateo added one run on a double for the Orioles in the losing effort.

 

Baltimore will be appointing left-hander John Means to take the starting role in the second installment of a four-game set against the Rays on Tuesday. The southpaw thrower is 5-4 with a 3.21 ERA and struck out 87 hitters while awarding 15 free bases in his MLB stint this season. In his career start facing the Tampa squad, Means is 3-2 with a 4.09 ERA while striking out 45 batters of the Rays.  

 

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Baltimore Orioles vs Tampa Bay Rays Predictions 8/17/2021

 

The Tampa Bay Rays just lost a series to the Minnesota Twins after scoring only four runs in the last two matches over the weekend. Tampa Bay defeated Minnesota in the series opener at 10-4 on Friday but ended up losing the next two installments at 0-12 on Saturday and a one-run loss in the finale at 4-5 on Sunday. In Game 1 of the next series, the Rays bounced back after they beat the Baltimore Orioles at 9-2 on Monday. Second Baseman Brandon Lowe led the charge for Tampa with two runs on a triple and drove three RBIs while 1st Baseman Ji-man Choi contributed two runs on one hit in triumph. The Rays’ bullpen combined with two earned runs on seven hits allowed while awarding two free bases and struck out five batters of the Twins in picking up the victory. 

 

Right-handed Pitcher Drew Rasmussen will be climbing up the pitcher’s mound to start the second round of a four-game set versus the Orioles on Tuesday. The hard-throwing righty is 1-1 with a 3.98 ERA, a WHIP of 1.326, and awarded nine free bases while striking out 29 batters in the majors this season. In his career start versus the Baltimore team, Rasmussen is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and struck out three hitters of the O’s this year.   

 

Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays. The MLB Pick for this match is Tampa Bay -200. The Orioles ranked 25th on the offense and 30th on defense while the Rays ranked 4th on the offense and 12th on defense this season. Tampa Bay is the stronger team in this contest with a 7-3 record in their last 10 while Baltimore is winless in their last 10 overall. The prediction, Tampa Bay Rays will win at 6-3.    

 

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Baltimore Orioles vs Tampa Bay Rays 8/17/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 7:10 PM ET

 

Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida

 

Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021

 

TV: MAS2, FSSun

 

MLB Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -200

 

MLB Totals: 8.5

 

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