Last Updated: 2019-06-11
Avisail Garcia and the Tampa Bay Rays are set to host the Oakland Athletics at Tropicana Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – California will televise this AL showdown.
Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays Odds
The Athletics are 33-34 SU and have gone 31-35 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 3.9 units for moneyline bettors and 5.0 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven. The Rays, on the other hand, are 41-24 SU and 38-26 ATS. The team’s gained 5.1 units for moneyline bettors and 10.2 units ATS. Tampa Bay has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.
Rays games have an over/under record of 26-34-4 so far in 2019. The Athletics have an over/under record of 33-30-3.
Right-hander Mike Fiers is getting the nod for the visiting Athletics. Fiers (5-3, 4.76 ERA) has racked up 52 strikeouts in 75.2 innings so far. He has yet to face the Rays this year and only made one start against them in 2018 (0-1, 6.75 ERA and two strikeouts across four innings).
The Rays are sending righty Ryne Stanek (0-1, 2.78 ERA) to the mound. Stanek has 38 strikeouts and 13 walks to his name as well as a 1.12 WHIP. Stanek made two starts against the Athletics in 2018, posting a 1-1 record with a 3.60 ERA and two strikeouts.
As a unit, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have yielded 3.2 runs per game overall in 2019. Its starters have an ERA of 2.51, a WHIP of 0.99 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 10.2. The bullpen has a 3.43 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 8.9 K/9.
The Tampa Bay hitters have produced 4.8 runs per contest, including 5.2 per game over its last 10 games and 5.4 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .287/.345/.483 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that span.
Avisail Garcia and Austin Meadows have led the Rays’ offense this year. Garcia is hitting .299/.354/.507 with 11 home runs, 28 RBIs, 34 runs and six stolen bases, while Meadows is hitting .341 with 12 homers, 38 RBIs, 32 runs and eight steals.
For the visiting squad, Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.6 runs per game and its starters own a 4.27 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 7.17 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.44, along with a WHIP of 1.27 and a K/9 of 8.66.
Athletics hitters have slashed .244/.319/.429 on their way to 4.9 runs scored per game this season, including 4.7 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).
Oakland’s offense has been fueled by shortstop Marcus Semien and third baseman Matt Chapman, who have combined to drive in 70 runs. Semien is hitting .276/.361/.434 with nine home runs, 34 RBIs and 43 runs scored, while Chapman (.257/.343/.510) is up to 16 homers, 36 RBIs and 40 runs scored.
The Athletics have lost 11.9 units and are 20-26 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 22 of those games, compared to 22 that’ve hit the under against righties. On the other hand, the Rays have netted 0.1 units and are 23-20 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s cashed in 20 of those games, compared to 19 that’ve gone under.
Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Rays, ATS Winner – Athletics, O/U – OVER
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Oakland has recorded 14 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Tampa Bay has 15 XBH over its last five.
The Athletics have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rays have hit 17 over their last 10.
The Athletics have a total OPS of .748 this season and an OPS of .723 against right-handed pitchers. The Rays’ OPS sits at .782 overall and .797 against righties.
The Oakland defense has coughed up six errors over the last five games, compared to three errors for Tampa Bay over its last five.
The Rays have won six of their last seven games SU.