Matt Moore (1-3, 4.83 ERA) and Sonny Gray (3-4, 6.00 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (16-18) and the Oakland Athletics (15-22) at Tropicana Field. The Rays won the last game 6-0, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 15 and can be seen on CSCA and SUN.
Moore pitched 4.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking four in a 5-2 defeat to the Mariners. Steven Souza Jr. (.263, 15 Rs, 8 HRs, 16 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. Gray went 3.2 innings, surrendering seven runs, striking out two and walking two in a 14-7 defeat to the Red Sox in his most recent start.
The odds for Tampa Bay and Oakland are Rays -130, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB
After last game's shutout win against Oakland, the Rays now have three shutouts this season. The Athletics have been shut out in one game this season.
The Rays are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Athletics have a 1-2 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 2-18. The Rays have a 2-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks in the top half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 37 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top five with 47.
Ranking 30th, Tampa Bay is at the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.35 per game. Oakland ranks in the top half at 14th with 8.38.
Ranking 27th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.676). Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .703.
The Athletics are 6-19 when they allow at least one home run. The Rays perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 5-17 record.