Will the O’s pitching keep the struggling Rays bats ice cold?

Before the Orioles played the Yankees, New York had scored 32 runs in its previous three games. Tampa Bay has scored three runs in its previous three heading into the series beginning tonight at Camden Yards. The Orioles held New York to 11 runs and we’re about to see how they fare against a badly struggling Tampa Bay offense.

The Rays left Boston Monday after getting swept by scores of 2-1, 5-0 and 3-2.

In 12 games so far, Tampa Bay has a team average of just .205 to go with a slugging percentage of .288 and a .569 OPS. The Rays have hit just five homers all year. Chris Davis has six all by himself.

Tampa Bay ranks last in the American League in runs, batting average, slugging and OPS. The last five games the Rays have scored, in order, one, two, one, zero and two runs. That is six total.

The Rays have just four hits in their last 47 at-bats with runners in scoring position and have just one hit in the last 28 at-bats with RISP.

“The bottom line is whenever you’re not scoring, everything else becomes magnified or exaggerated,” manager Joe Maddon told reporters Monday. “We’re just not swinging bats well right now. We’ve just got to remain positive and confident.”

The Rays are 1-5 on the road and 1-5 in games against the AL East.

The Orioles opened the season in St. Petersburg and won the opener 7-4, then lost an 8-7 game before taking the series finale 6-3.

After scoring 16 total runs in nine games at Tropicana Field all of last year, the Orioles scored 20 runs with 33 hits in that one series. Davis went a remarkable 7-for-11 with three doubles, three homers and 11 RBIs. Against Tampa Bay right-handed pitchers, Davis was 6-for-6 with three doubles, two homers and eight RBIs.

After the Orioles left Florida, the Rays then won their next two games against Cleveland to improve to 3-2. But the Rays have just one win since, going 1-6 and they’ve scored just 12 runs total in those games.

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