Sonny Gray (4-2, 1.92 ERA) gets the ball for the Oakland Athletics (15-30) as they meet Erasmo Ramirez (2-1, 6.44 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (24-20) in the last of a four-game series at Tropicana Field. The Athletics won the last game 5-0 and Tampa Bay leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 24 and will air on CSN-CA and SunSports.
Ramirez is 0-5 with a 4.83 ERA against the Athletics in his career, and faces a solid Oakland offense that's hitting .256 on the year. David DeJesus (.330, 13 Rs, 4 HRs, 18 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 2. In his career against the Rays, Gray is 1-1 with a 3.32 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 13 strikeouts. Stephen Vogt (.309, 21 Rs, 10 HRs, 31 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Athletics, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Tampa Bay, a +121 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Oakland. Oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at seven runs. The Rays are 12-10 as the underdog and have an overall money line of +448. Tampa Bay's pitching staff performs very well on its own field, recording a low 3.23 team ERA at home. The Rays don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking fourth in the league with a 1.16 WHIP. The have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out at Tropicana Field, leading the AL with 9.4 strikeouts per home game.
Across the field, the Athletics have a subpar record of 8-19 when they are favored and are -2,153 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 2-8 SU and have played poorly as the favorite with a 1-5 record. The Athletics will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In their 10 most recent games, Oakland's run production has dropped to 3.0 runs per game, compared to 4.0 for the duration of the season. The Oakland pitching staff has been an intimidating group on the road this year, averaging 7.9 strikeouts per game.
In their previous three games this season, the Rays have a 2-1 record. The Rays will take on a right-hander (Gray) in this game and have a 19-13 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Ramirez will take the mound against the Athletics, who have a 13-21 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
Oakland earned its sixth shutout of the season in its last game. Tampa Bay has been shut out five times this season.
When leading after 7 innings, Tampa Bay is 9-7, while Oakland is 6-18.
Having scored zero runs 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 6-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 2-19. The Rays have a 3-14 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top half of the league based on total home runs this season, Tampa Bay ranks 12th with 41 homers and Oakland is 15th with 39.
Ranking 10th, Tampa Bay is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.16 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at third with 8.98.
Tampa Bay and Oakland both rank in the bottom half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Tampa Bay sits at 18th with an OPS of .702 and Oakland ranks 16th with an OPS of .708.
The Athletics are 2-19 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rays are 10-12 when they allow at least one homer.