Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics 5-29-2018

Tampa Bay Rays (24-26) vs Oakland Athletics (27-25)

Date : 05/29/2018
Time : 10:05 pm EST
Location : Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California

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Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics

Game 2 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 10:05 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 4.22 runs per game (17th) with a team batting average of .263 (3rd), 46 homers (26th), along with 30 stolen bases on the year (11th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.17 (19th) with 415 strikeouts (21st) and 15 quality starts (30th).

Mallex Smith (.297 BA on 145 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 (270BA on 196 AB), Matt Duffy (.313 BA on 147 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 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3.  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 4.46 runs per game (11th) with a team batting average of .244 (15th), 65 homers (7th), along with 11 stolen bases (30th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.09 (16th) with 388 strikeouts (26th) along with 22 quality starts on the season (14th).

Jed Lowrie (.307 BA on 199 AB), Stephen Piscotty (.226 BA on 155 AB), Marcus Semien (.269 BA on 223 AB), and Matt Chapman (.231 BA on 186 AB) have been the offensive leaders for the Athletics this year while Matt Olson (.245 BA on 184 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 (5-4, 66.1 IP, 26 R, 58 H, 6 HR, 6 BB, 43 SO, 2.85 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 27-23 ATS while the O/U is 24-23-3.  On the other hand, Oakland is 23-29 ATS while the O/U is 25-24-3.


In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Both these teams are continuing to hit rough patches to where a win in this matchup becomes imperative.  The starting pitchers for game 2 have yet to be announced, however, in their last 3 losses, the A’s have given up 3.6 runs per game while the Rays have allowed 3.3 runs.  On the other hand, both Oakland and Tampa Bay have scored only 3 runs in their last 3 losses.  With both teams desperately needing a win, it will be interesting to see where the focus will be on Tuesday night.  With their output in recent games being less than stellar, I expect the offense for both squads to be fired up in which to allow their team an opportunity to get a win.

Totals Selection: Under

My reason for the prediction :

The under has been the play in 3 of the last 4 games for the A’s while being the result in 4 of the last 5 games for the Rays.  I expect game 2 on Tuesday to be a game in which both teams will be locked in to obtain an all-important win.  With that being said, with the funk both teams are currently in, I see this being a competitive, low-scoring matchup to where the total will certainly go under its projected mark.

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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