Chris Archer (4-4, 2.47 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (23-19) take on Scott Kazmir (2-2, 3.08 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (14-29) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a four-game series at Tropicana Field. The Rays won the last game 3-0 and Tampa Bay leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 22 and can be seen on CSN-CA and SunSports.
Archer pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking one in an 11-3 win over the Twins. David DeJesus (.324, 13 Rs, 4 HRs, 18 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. When pitching against the Rays, Kazmir is 1-2 with a 4.11 ERA, 1.76 WHIP, and 10 strikeouts. Stephen Vogt (.305, 20 Rs, 9 HRs, 30 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Tampa Bay is a -134 favorite against Oakland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Rays have an overall money line of +248 and a record as the favorite of 10-9. The Rays are the top team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.13 so far this season.
As for their opponent, Oakland is coming in with an overall money line of -1,952 and a disappointing record of 6-9 as the underdog. The Athletics have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 7.8 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Rays have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Rays have a 4-6 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Kazmir takes the mound. Archer (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 13-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against the Oakland Athletics, the Rays now have four shutouts this season. The Athletics have been shut out in four games this season.
When the Rays play into extra innings, they have a 1-1 record. The Athletics are 0-6 when their games exceed nine innings.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Athletics are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Rays have a 4-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 12-7. The Rays have an 18-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 165 this season. Oakland ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 185.
Tampa Bay and Oakland both rank in the top half of the league in walks. Tampa Bay sits at 14th with 126 this season and Oakland ranks 11th with 132.
When the Rays hit at least one home run, they are 15-11. When the Athletics hit at least one homer, they have a 10-14 record.