Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.10 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (15-17) square off against Rich Hill (4-3, 2.39 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (14-21) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the first of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. The Athletics come into this series hoping to snap a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 13 and can be seen on CSCA and SUN.
Odorizzi pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking one in a 4-2 win over the Angels. Steve Pearce (.308, 8 Rs, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs) had another good game Wednesday, going 2 for 4. Hill went 5.2 innings, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking three in an 8-4 win over the Orioles in his most recent start. Khris Davis (.232, 12 Rs, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs) went 1 for 3 Wednesday with two RBIs.
The Rays are a small home favorite in the -120 range for this one. The total is 7, in what is expected to be quite a pitcher's duel between Odorizzi and Hill.
When leading after seven innings, Tampa Bay is 6-5, while Oakland is 5-9.
The Athletics managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rays who are heading in with a 7-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 10-4. The Athletics have a 12-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Tampa Bay and Oakland both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Tampa Bay sits at 26th with 113 runs this season and Oakland ranks 21st with 132.
Ranking 26th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.679). Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 20th with an OPS of .702.
When the Athletics allow at least one home run, they are 6-18, well-matched with the Rays who are 5-16 when allowing at least one homer.