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Baltimore Orioles first baseman Ryan Mountcastle (6) prepares for a play as he stands next to Tampa Bay Rays' Randy Arozarena during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Rays vs. Orioles, Aug. 26

This is probably the most one-sided matchup of the year here. The Rays have absolutely owned the Orioles this season leading the season series 15-1. The Orioles are just going through the motions at this point and just waiting for the year to come to an end. The Rays are leading the pack in the AL East and have a scorching hot Yankee team on their heels, so they still need to take these games seriously and capitalize on the easy wins. Can the Rays use these easy games to pad their lead? Will the Orioles battle in games that are meaningless to them?

Tampa has been in the driver’s seat in the AL East for a majority of the season and with the numbers that they have been producing, it’s easy to see why. The Rays have absolutely destroyed Baltimore pitching this season, as you can see from the 15-1 record, and the fact that the over is 14-2 in this series shows you can read between the lines and see how one sided this series is. McClanahan takes the hill for Tampa and he has been on point lately as the Rays are 4-1 on his last five outings.  Two of those last five outings have been against this Baltimore team. In those two games, he only allowed four runs and had a K/BB ratio of 16/2 and the Rays outscored Baltimore 19-5 in those two games. In three starts against Baltimore this year, McClanahan has only surrendered five runs and struck out 23 batters.

The Orioles were never expected to be good this season, but this might be considered a step back for the birds. They finally snapped their 19-game losing streak, but they remain 46 games below .500 and are flirting with the worst record in the Big League’s for the season. Harvey takes the hill for the Orioles and he has been batting practice recently for opposing hitters. His last four starts have been terrible allowing 14 runs and six homers and he hasn’t been able to go beyond the fifth inning. One of those last four games was against the Rays. The Rays were able to slash five runs and two homers off Harvey. Baltimore is an awful 18-41 at home this season and are just going through the motions at this point and with Tampa needing to still win this one could get ugly.

Orioles vs. Rays: The Pick
Clearly there is a talent discrepancy when it comes to these two teams. This is a repeat of the same matchup that we saw last week, a matchup that the Rays won 7-2. Take the Rays on the run line here. Tampa’s utter dominance in this series is too much to overlook. The Rays have covered the run line in 13 of the 16 meetings between these two this season and they will cover again in this one.

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