The Baltimore Orioles play the third game of a four-game series on the road Wednesday versus the Tampa Bay Rays. Baltimore fell to 38-79 following a 9-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday in the opening game of the series. The Orioles have lost 12 straight and are last in the American League East 33 games behind the first-place Rays. Baltimore has been held to two runs or fewer in each of their last four outings.
Cedric Mullins is batting .318 to lead Baltimore and the center fielder has team highs in hits with 140 and on-base percentage at .382. Right fielder Trey Mancini is the leader in home runs with 20 and third baseman Ryan Mountcastle is the leader in RBIs with 63. On Wednesday, the Baltimore Orioles will send Spenser Watkins to the mound. The right-hander is 2-4 with an ERA of 5.25, 23 Ks and 14 BBs.
With its seven-run victory over Baltimore on Monday, Tampa Bay improved to 72-47 and maintained a 3 ½-game lead over the second-place Boston Red Sox in the AL East. The victory snapped a short two-game losing streak for Tampa Bay and the Rays have won eight of the last 11. Tampa Bay continues to excel on the mound as the Rays are ninth in baseball in team ERA at 3.76.
Randy Arozarena is batting .273 to lead Tampa Bay and the left fielder is a team-high 109 hits. Brandon Lowe has hit 28 home runs to lead Tampa Bay, while Austin Meadows has 79 RBIs to lead the club. Yandy Diaz is the leader in on-base percentage at .362. On Wednesday, Tampa Bay will send Shane McClanahan to the mound. The left-hander is 7-4 with an ERA of 3.73, 105 Ks and 30 BBs.