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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles odds, tips and betting trends | May 20

The Tampa Bay Rays (23-15) will visit the Baltimore Orioles (15-24), Friday at 7:05 PM ET, in a battle of AL East rivals.

The Rays are a favorite (-147) against the Orioles (+126). The matchup on the mound for this contest is set with the Tampa Bay Rays looking to Jalen Beeks (1-0), and Tyler Wells (1-3) taking the ball for the Baltimore Orioles.

The Rays beat the Tigers by a 6-1 score in their most recent game Friday. Isaac Paredes went 2-for-4 with two home runs and two RBI to lead them offensively while Drew Rasmussen picked up the win after throwing five innings without giving up an earned run on four hits, while striking out seven.

The Orioles beat the Yankees 9-6 yesterday. Anthony Santander led the way offensively after going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI, and Felix Bautista got the win, throwing 1/3 of an inning without giving up a hit or an earned run.

Here’s everything you need to get ready for Friday’s Rays vs. Orioles contest.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles Odds and Betting Lines

Major League Baseball odds courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook. Odds updated Thursday at 8:04 PM ET. For a full list of sports betting odds, access USA TODAY Sports Betting Scores Odds Hub.

  • Favorite: Rays (-147, bet $147 to win $100)
  • Underdog: Orioles (+126, bet $100 to win $126)
  • Over/under: 8.5

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Rays Stats and Trends

Rays Betting Records

  • This season, the Rays have been favored 28 times and won 18, or 64.3%, of those games.
  • Tampa Bay has entered 15 games this season favored by -147 or more and is 9-6 in those contests.
  • Bookmakers have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Rays have a 59.5% chance to win.
  • Tampa Bay’s games have gone over the total in 17 of their 38 chances.
  • The Rays are 19-19-0 against the spread this season.

Jalen Beeks (Rays Probable Starter)

  • Beeks has been named the starter for the Rays and will make his first start this season.
  • The 28-year-old lefty has pitched in relief nine times already this year, but will make his first start.
  • He has an ERA of 1.72, a batting average against of .167 and 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings in nine games this season.
  • The Orioles ranks 28th in MLB with 131 runs scored this season. They have a .228 batting average this campaign with 30 home runs (22nd in the league).

Rays Batting Stats

  • The Rays’ 37 home runs rank 15th in Major League Baseball.
  • Hitters for the Rays combine for a team rank 13th of in the majors with a .386 team slugging percentage.
  • Tampa Bay has a team batting average of .239 this season, which ranks 13th among MLB teams.
  • The Rays have scored 162 runs (4.3 per game) this season, which ranks 13th in MLB.
  • Tampa Bay has an OBP of .304 this season, which ranks 18th in MLB.
  • The Rays rank 18th with an average of 8.6 strikeouts per game.

Orioles Stats and Trends

Orioles Betting Records

  • The Orioles have been underdogs in 37 games this season and have come away with the win 13 times (35.1%) in those contests.
  • This season, Baltimore has been victorious 10 times in 28 chances when named as an underdog of at least +126 or worse on the moneyline.
  • The moneyline set for this matchup implies the Orioles have a 44.2% chance of coming away with a victory in the contest.
  • Baltimore and their opponents have hit the over in 12 of their 40 games with a total set by oddsmakers this season.
  • The Orioles are 23-17-0 against the spread in their 40 games with a line set by sportsbooks this season.

Tyler Wells (Orioles Probable Starter)

  • Wells gets the start for the Orioles, his eighth of the season. He is 1-3 with a 4.18 ERA and 19 strikeouts through 28 innings pitched.
  • In his most recent time out on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers, the righty tossed 4 2/3 innings, giving up three earned runs while surrendering eight hits.
  • In seven games this season, the 27-year-old has an ERA of 4.18, with 6.1 strikeouts per nine innings. Opponents are batting .287 against him.
  • Wells enters the matchup with one quality start under his belt this season.
  • Wells enters this matchup with three outings of five or more innings pitched this campaign.
  • The opposing Rays offense has the 13th-ranked slugging percentage (.386) and ranks 15th in home runs hit (37) in all of MLB. They have a collective .239 batting average, and are 10th in the league with 301 total hits and 13th in MLB play scoring 162 runs.
  • Wells has a 21.6 ERA and a 3 WHIP against the Rays this season in 1 2/3 innings pitched, allowing a .429 batting average over one appearance.

Orioles Batting Stats

  • The Orioles rank 22nd in baseball with 30 home runs. They average 0.8 per game.
  • So far this season, the Orioles are slugging .349, the fifth-lowest average in baseball.
  • Baltimore has the 22nd-ranked batting average in the majors (.228).
  • The offense for the Orioles is No. 28 in MLB action scoring 3.4 runs per game (131 total runs).
  • Baltimore’s .298 on-base percentage ranks 20th in baseball.
  • The Orioles’ 9.1 strikeouts per game are the fourth-most in the league.

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