Baltimore visits Tampa Bay for the first of an American League East three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PM ET at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. MLB Preview and Free Pick: Rays vs Orioles.
The Rays enter tonight’s divisional matchup after being swept by the young Chicago White Sox. The Rays (56-56) are 10.5 games out of the second wild card spot while the Baltimore Orioles (34-78) aim to stay out of the Major League Baseball cellar record wise.
Vegas Rotation: (915) Baltimore Orioles at (916) Tampa Bay Rays
Pitching Matchup: Orioles Alex Cobb (3-14, 5.83 ERA) vs. Rays RH Tyler Glasnow (1-2, 4.27)
Date and Time: Tuesday, August 7 at 7:10 p.m. ET
Venue: Tropicana Field
Line: Tampa Bay Rays (-163, 8)
TV Broadcast: MASN2 (Baltimore), FS Sun (Tampa Bay)
Cobb earned a 7-5 victory in his last start against the New York Yankees. It was his first win in nearly two months. The former Rays’ starter is still pitching at baseball’s highest level because he is a part of a porous Orioles rotation. Cobb’s first season in Baltimore has been nothing short of a disaster. The right-hander has lost seven of his last 10 outings now lost his last six decisions and while he is allowing a career best walks per nine innings (2.3) his fly ball tendencies continue to be his Achilles (1.7 HR/9).
Tampa Bay Rays
Glasnow trotted to the mound nearly a week ago to make his Rays debut. The Tampa right-hander allowed one run on two hits in three innings of work striking out five. The hard thrower walked 34 against 72 strikeouts in 56 frames as a member of the Bucs. His 11.57 K/9 and 56.8% GB% somewhat mitigates his free passes but his career numbers (8.47 K/9 and 5.31 xFIP) closer resemble the righties skill set.
The Rays have had their fare share of success against Cobb this season. And while Cobb appeared to be a solid contributor in his first season with the Orioles the longtime Tampa Bay Ray is 0-3 against his former team this year with a 6.06 ERA. And while the Rays are high on acquiring Glasgow in a trade for pitcher Chris Archer his 4.27 ERA as a senior circuit reliever doesn’t scream top prospect.
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