Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles Picks and Predictions June 9th 2024

Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles MLB Sun, Jun 9, 13:40 pm.
Tampa Bay Rays
ML: 130
2
9
Baltimore Orioles
ML: -145
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Rays Look for Answers Against Surging Orioles in Series Finale

The Tampa Bay Rays are in a tough spot, having dropped the first two games of their four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. As they gear up for the series finale, the Rays are looking for ways to counter the Orioles’ recent hot streak. Baltimore has been dominating with both their bats and arms, making this a crucial game for Tampa Bay.

Orioles’ Dominance in the Series

Recent Victories

The Orioles have been on fire, winning seven of their last ten games. Their latest victory, a 5-0 shutout, highlighted their offensive and defensive strength. Gunnar Henderson hit his 20th home run of the season, and the Orioles’ pitchers combined for a two-hitter. “We know how talented that group is over there,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said, acknowledging Baltimore’s strength.

Pitching Prowess

Baltimore’s pitchers were lights out, holding the Rays to just two hits and striking out 14 batters. This dominant performance on the mound has been a key factor in their recent success.

Key Players

  • Gunnar Henderson: His 20th home run of the season shows the power in the Orioles’ lineup.
  • Pitching Trio: The combined effort of three pitchers led to a two-hit shutout, showcasing Baltimore’s pitching depth.

Rays’ Struggles

Offensive Challenges

The Rays’ offense has been stymied by the Orioles’ pitching. Yandy Diaz was the only player to reach base in their last game, with singles in the first and ninth innings. Kevin Cash emphasized the need for better at-bats and more pressure on pitchers: “This offense, no doubt, is capable of more. We just got to get it going, somehow.”

Recent Performance

After a win over Baltimore last Sunday started a three-game winning streak, the Rays have lost two straight. Saturday’s losing pitcher, Taj Bradley, expressed confidence in the team’s ability to bounce back: “I trust the team enough to know we’re going to get the job done.”

Key Challenges

  • Offensive Inconsistency: The Rays need to find a way to crack the Orioles’ pitching and generate more offense.
  • Strikeouts: With 14 strikeouts in the latest game, the Rays need to improve their plate discipline.

Pitching Matchup: Zack Littell vs. Grayson Rodriguez

Zack Littell’s Role

Zack Littell will start for the Rays, bringing a 2-3 record with a 3.56 ERA. Littell faced the Orioles last Sunday, allowing three runs on 11 hits over six innings in a game the Rays won 4-3. Littell holds a 3.29 ERA in four career games against Baltimore, including two starts.

Grayson Rodriguez’s Form

The Orioles will counter with right-hander Grayson Rodriguez, who has a 6-2 record with a 3.28 ERA. Rodriguez is coming off a season-long 6 2/3 innings performance in a 7-2 victory over Toronto, where he allowed only a solo home run to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rodriguez has been effective on the road and will look to continue his strong form against the Rays.

Key Performers to Watch

  • Zack Littell: Needs to deliver a solid outing to give the Rays a chance to rebound.
  • Grayson Rodriguez: Will aim to maintain his recent form and keep the Rays’ offense in check.

Orioles’ Strategy and Depth

Bullpen Management

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde managed his bullpen effectively, using only two relievers on Saturday due to limited availability among some pitchers. This strategic decision preserved the bullpen’s strength for the remaining games in the series.

Lineup Adjustments

The Orioles might face lineup changes due to outfielder Kyle Stowers leaving Saturday’s game with wrist soreness. Hyde may need to make a roster move to keep the lineup competitive.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Orioles’ dominance: Baltimore has shown their strength with both power hitting and solid pitching.
  2. Rays’ offensive struggles: Tampa Bay needs to improve their at-bats and put more pressure on opposing pitchers.
  3. Pitching duel: The performances of Zack Littell and Grayson Rodriguez will be decisive in the series finale.

Conclusion

The series finale between the Rays and Orioles is set to be a pivotal game. The Rays need to overcome their offensive struggles and find a way to stop the Orioles’ momentum. With Zack Littell and Grayson Rodriguez set to pitch, the outcome will hinge on their performances. Can the Rays generate enough offense to secure a win, or will the Orioles continue their dominance?

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Sun, Jun 9, 01:03 am.
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moneyline
over/under
Tampa Bay Rays
+1.5
-130
130
O 7.5
-115
Baltimore Orioles
-1.5
110
-145
U 7.5
-105
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