Chris Bassitt (1-4, 2.60 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (53-69) go up against Drew Smyly (0-2, 4.35 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (60-61) in the first of a three-game series at O.co Coliseum. The game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 21 and will air on CSCA and SUN.
In his most recent outing, Bassitt pitched 8.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out six and walking one in a 4-3 loss to the Orioles. The Rays were unsuccessful to the Rangers 5-3 the last time Smyly pitched. He went 4.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out four and walking two. Logan Forsythe (.281, 49 Rs, 13 HRs, 51 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Oakland is a slight -109 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Athletics have a 31-32 record and overall money line at -2,316. The Athletics rank third in the AL in ERA with a 3.63 team average. The Athletics don't give up many hits to opposing batters, ranking third in the AL with only 8.1 hits allowed per game.
Across the field, the Rays have a record of 30-36 when they are the underdog and are -423 overall with the money line. The Rays are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.64 ERA this season. They also allow just 7.9 hits per game, good for tops in the AL.
This game will feature Smyly (LHP) on the mound against the Athletics, who have an 11-24 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Bassitt will take the mound against the Rays, who have a 38-47 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
The Rays won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Athletics are 14-27. The Rays are 19-22 in close games this season.
Oakland has won 41% (21-30) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Tampa Bay has won 50% (24-24) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Rays are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Athletics have a 29-2 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 43-17. The Athletics have a 41-16 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th in runs, Tampa Bay has earned 451 this season. Oakland ranks 16th with 493 runs.
Ranking 20th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 323 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half at 12th with 349.
The Athletics are 33-30 when they hit at least one home run. The Rays perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 43-32 record.