Alex Colome (2-1, 6.05 ERA) and Jesse Chavez (1-3, 2.63 ERA) take the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (22-19) and the Oakland Athletics (14-28) at Tropicana Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 21 and can be seen on CSN-CA and SunSports.
Colome pitched 3.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs and walking one in a 6-4 defeat to the Twins. David DeJesus (.316, 12 Rs, 3 HRs, 16 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. When pitching against the Rays, Chavez is 0-0 with a 3.18 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and five strikeouts.
Tampa Bay is a slim -109 favorite at home against Oakland. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of seven runs. The Rays have an overall money line of +382 and a record as the favorite of 10-8. The Rays are the top team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.14 so far this season.
Over in the other dugout, 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 8.0 strikeouts per road game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Rays have an 18-12 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Chavez takes the mound. Colome (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 13-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Tampa Bay is 7-7, while Oakland is 6-16.
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 9-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 2-17. The Rays have a 3-13 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top half of the league based on total home runs this season, Tampa Bay ranks 13th with 37 homers and Oakland is 12th with 38.
Ranking 10th, Tampa Bay is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.10 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at third with 9.10.
Ranking 19th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.699). Oakland ranks in the top half at 15th with an OPS of .714.
When the Athletics allow at least one home run, they are 2-17. When the Rays allow one or more homers, they have a 9-12 record.