In the last of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (53-71) and the Tampa Bay Rays (62-61) at O.co Coliseum, Kendall Graveman (6-9, 4.27 ERA) and Jake Odorizzi (6-6, 3.02 ERA) get the start. The Rays won the last game 5-4 and Tampa Bay leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 23 and will air on CSCA and SUN.
In his most recent outing, Graveman pitched 3.1 innings, allowing six runs, striking out four and walking one in an 18-2 loss to the Orioles. Ben Zobrist (.287, 53 Rs, 10 HRs, 46 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 5 yesterday. The Rays were unsuccessful to the Astros 3-2 the last time Odorizzi pitched. He went 6.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out nine and walking one. Logan Forsythe (.281, 52 Rs, 14 HRs, 52 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Rays, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. Oakland's pitching staff can be considered one of the best in the AL. The Athletics have a team ERA of 3.61, one of the lowest in their league. The Athletics are fourth in the AL in hits allowed with just 8.1 per game.
The Rays are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.59 ERA this season. They have a WHIP of 1.20, fourth best in the MLB.
The Rays have gotten the better of the Athletics in head-to-head matchups this season, going 4-2. The Athletics will take on a right-hander (Odorizzi) in this game and have a 42-45 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Graveman will take the mound against the Rays, who have a 40-47 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Under
The Rays won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Athletics are 14-29. The Rays are 21-22 in close games this season.
The Athletics are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Rays have a record of 25-14 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
It looks like the Rays have a slight leg up on the Athletics, as the Rays have won their last three games while the Athletics have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 41-18. The Rays have a 43-17 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th, Tampa Bay sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 458 this season. Oakland ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 498.
Ranking 20th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 328 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half at 12th with 351.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 33-31, well-matched with the Rays who are 45-32 when hitting one or more homers.