The Baltimore Orioles stayed hot on Monday night as they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in a difficult game. The final score was 3-2 as the Orioles moved 2.5 games up on the second-place Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. The two teams will meet again on Tuesday in a game that starts at 6:40 PM ET. The Orioles are small underdogs in the game at +116 on the moneyline with Unibet sportsbook.

Orioles vs Phillies: pitching matchup

The pitching matchup shows a degree of parity. The Orioles will send Kyle Gibson to the mound. The Phillies will counter with Taijuan Walker. They have records of 9-6 and 11-4 respectively. Walker has a better ERA at 4.11 while Gibson’s is up at 4.76. Both of these pitchers have strong records, partly due to the fact that they play on good teams.

One subplot in the game is that Walker’s 11 wins are currently good enough for a share of the lead league-wide. Should he be the pitcher of record in a win for Philadelphia, then he would take over the lead for the time being. Currently, he is +700 (bet365) to lead the majors in pitching wins this season, a betting line to keep an eye on.

Orioles vs Phillies: betting recommendation

The Orioles at underdog odds feels like a good bet. This is a team that has been underrated for basically all of the Major League Baseball season. At +105 on the moneyline, bettors might be thinking that this is a chance to get a decent hit on this club.

However, this looks like a game for the OVER when it comes to the best bet. The total runs are set at 9.5 with tempting odds of +100 (EVEN odds). Our recommendation is to take the OVER as both starting pitchers have pretty high ERAs. They would not have strong records if not for each team’s respective offenses doing their part in terms of run support. Accordingly, this is a game where you would expect some offense, at least in the opening half of the game.

Further reading: we had a recommendation for the previous evening in MLB!