Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 5-28-2018

Tampa Bay Rays (23-26) vs Oakland Athletics (26-25)

Date : 05/28/2018
Time : 4:05 pm EST
Location : Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics

Game 1 of a 4-game set between the visiting Tampa Bay Rays and the Oakland Athletics will take place at Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California, on Monday afternoon at 4:05 pm EST.  The Rays are currently in 3rd place in the AL East while the Athletics are in 4th place in the AL West division.  This will be the 1st matchup of the season amongst these two teams, however, the Rays have won 5 of their last 7 meetings while taking 2 of the last 3 games at Oakland Alameda Coliseum.

Tampa Bay Rays's Latest Performance :

The Tampa Bay Rays have also lost 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4.  After the Rays swept a 3-game road set versus the struggling Kansas City Royals squad on 5-14-2018, the Rays preceded to win a 4-game road series versus the reeling Los Angeles Angels on 5-20-2018.  They would, however, follow this series with a 3-game series loss to the Boston Red Sox on 5-24-2018.  In addition, the Rays would lose game 1 to the Orioles by a score of 2-0 on 5-25-2018.

The Rays are averaging 4.20 runs per game (17th) with a team batting average of .261 (3rd), 46 homers (26th), along with 30 stolen bases on the year (11th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.24 (19th) with 404 strikeouts (25th) and 15 quality starts (30th).

Mallex Smith (.296 BA on 142 AB), Joey Wendle (.286 BA on 112 AB) Adeiny Hechavarria (.267 BA on 131 AB) spearhead the offensive attack from the plate for the O’s while C.J. Cron (.266 BA on 192 AB), Matt Duffy (.332 BA on 140 AB), and Denard Span (.238 BA on 143 AB) are also critical to the Baltimore offense.

Blake Snell (6-3) has pitched 64.2 innings this season and allowed 20 runs on 45 hits, 8 homers, 21 walks, and 69 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.78.  Chris Archer (3-3) has pitched 65.1 while allowing 35 runs on 65 hits, 9 homers, 22 walks, 63 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.68 for the season.

Oakland Athletics's Latest Performance :

The Oakland Athletics have lost 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4.  Recently, the A’s won a 3-game set against the dangerous Boston Red Sox on 5-16-2018.  Furthermore, they continued their recent stellar play with a 4-game road sweep of the slumping Toronto Blue Jays on 5-20-2018.  The Rays would go on to lose a 3-game home set to the Mariners while also losing in game 1 of a 3-game home set to the Arizona Diamondbacks by a score of 7-1 on 5-25-2018.

For the season, the Athletics are averaging 4.49 runs per game (11th) with a team batting average of .245 (15th), 62 homers (9th), along with 11 stolen bases (29th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.17 (18th) with 383 strikeouts (26th) along with 21 quality starts on the season (16th).

Jed Lowrie (.313 BA on 195 AB), Stephen Piscotty (.226 BA on 155 AB), Marcus Semien (.269 BA on 219 AB), and Matt Chapman (.235 BA on 183 AB) have been the offensive leaders for the Athletics this year while Matt Olson (.243 BA on 181 AB) and Khris Davis (.235 B on 183 AB) have also been critical components to the offense for Oakland.

The 2 most impressive pitchers on Oakland’s staff is Sean Manaea (5-5, 70 IP, 28 R, 54 H, 9 HR, 13 BB, 53 SO, 3.34 ERA) and Daniel Mengden (4-4, 57.1 IP, 26 R, 56 H, 6 HR, 6 BB, 38 SO, 3.30 ERA) as they have proven themselves to be the most consistent of the bunch.

How Tampa Bay Rays & Oakland Athletics Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Rays are 26-23 ATS while the O/U is 24-22-3.  On the other hand, Oakland is 22-29 ATS while the O/U is 25-23-3.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This matchup will be one against two teams that are struggling once again to keep pace in their respective division.  The Rays have lost 4 of their last 5 after winning 6-straignt and Oakland has lost 3 of their last 4 after winning 4-straight games recently.  The pitchers for this matchup have not been determined, however, it will be interesting to see how these two teams approach game 1 of this series after their current string of losses.  In all, both teams desperately need a win in which to gain some momentum that would allow them to gain some ground in their divisions.

Against The Spread Selection: Tampa Bay Rays

My reason for the pick :

The Rays have won 8 of their last 12 road games while the A’s have dropped 6 of their last 7 at Oakland Alameda Coliseum.  On the other hand, the under has been the play in 3 of the last 5 games for the A’s while being the play in 5 of the last 6 games for the Rays.  In all, I expect this to be a low-scoring affair amongst two offensively challenged teams (at times) in which the Rays will pull out a slim victory.  These teams have played each other well in the past, and I expect this matchup to be no different.

Betting trends for Tampa Bay Rays:

  • Betting Trends for Tampa Bay Rays

    • The Rays are 6-1 in last 7 road games
    • The Rays are 7-4 in last 11 games
    • The Under is 4-1 in Rays last 5 games

Betting trends for Oakland Athletics:

  • Betting trends for Oakland Athletics

    • The Athletics are 7-3 in last 10 games
    • The Under is 4-1-1 in Athletics last 6 games


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