Matt Andriese (1-0, 1.29 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (15-18) go up against Kendall Graveman (1-4, 5.74 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (15-21) in the second of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. The Athletics won the last game 6-3, and Oakland leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 6:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 14 and will air on CSCA and SUN.
In his last start, Andriese pitched 7.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out three and walking three in a 3-1 victory over the Angels. Steven Souza Jr. (.261, 14 Rs, 8 HRs, 16 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. The Athletics were unsuccessful against the Orioles 11-3 the last time Graveman pitched. He went 2.2 innings, allowing six runs, striking out two and walking three. Marcus Semien (.217, 15 Rs, 9 HRs, 17 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Athletics, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, one RBI, and one stolen base.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Tampa Bay -150 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 at the moment.
The only other game between the two teams went Oakland's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB
When leading after seven innings, Tampa Bay is 6-5, while Oakland is 5-9.
The Athletics are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 12 strikeouts. The Rays have a record of 3-5 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 10-4. The Athletics have a 13-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Tampa Bay and Oakland both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Tampa Bay sits at 29th with 116 runs this season and Oakland ranks 21st with 138.
Tampa Bay and Oakland both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Tampa Bay sits at 23rd with 96 this season and Oakland ranks 28th with 88.
When the Rays hit at least one home run, they are 13-12. When the Athletics hit at least one homer, they have an 11-11 record.