Rays vs. Orioles Prediction and Odds for Friday, May 20 (Rays Continue Obliteration of Orioles)

Brett Phillips of the Rays
Brett Phillips of the Rays / Julio Aguilar/GettyImages

The 23-15 Tampa Bay Rays have won five of seven as they open up a three-game series with the 15-24 Baltimore Orioles tonight at 7:05 PM EST.

Baltimore snapped a six-game losing streak with a walk-off over the Yankees last night and will send Tyler Wells to the mound today. I've been impressed with the 6'8", 255-lb righty this season as he has just a 3.00 ERA in May. He's only allowed more than three runs in a start once, albeit to the Rays, and has demonstrated elite control but struggled with consistency.

Tampa Bay will counter with a bullpen day. They'll start with Jalen Beeks, who has surrendered a run just once in nine outings, before moving to Ryan Yarbrough. Yarbrough had a disaster first outing but has allowed only one run in his last 8.2 innings, so he seems to be finding his footing.

Can the Rays stay hot or will Baltimore get a winning streak going behind a solid day from Wells?

Let's check out the odds from WynnBET to help find out ahead of this Rays vs Orioles matchup:

Rays vs. Orioles Odds, Run Line and Total

Run Line:

  • Rays: -1.5 (+120)
  • Orioles: +1.5 (-145)


  • Rays: -125
  • Orioles: +115


  • 9.0 (Over -110/Under -110)

Rays vs. Orioles Prediction and Pick

I'm fairly shocked this line is so short. The Rays have won 15 consecutive games against the Orioles and have advantages everywhere today. Baltimore exhausted their bullpen over the last couple of days and Wells has only thrown six innings once in seven starts. I like his make-up and he's done a tremendous job limiting walks while generating swings-and-misses, but Tampa Bay lit him up for four runs in 1.2 innings earlier this year and have the edge again today.

Tampa Bay didn't play yesterday, so they'll have their full reserve of relievers ready to roll. Beeks and Yarbrough are both left-handed pitchers and the Orioles are 23rd in OPS against lefty's this season. They've won seven straight as a road favorite while Baltimore is 1-4 in their last five as a home underdog.

And again, the Rays have won fifteen straight games against the Orioles! That's ridiculous!

I'll happily back Tampa Bay to keep dominating this series behind a rested bullpen. Baltimore had a nice win yesterday, but they're still playing like one of the worst teams in baseball this month and this line should be larger.

Give me the Rays to earn a 16th consecutive win over the Orioles in convincing fashion.

Pick: Rays ML (-125)

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