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The Oakland Athletics will be taking the field against the Tampa Bay Rays in a Wednesday night game. The opening pitch is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. ET and MLB Network will televise this AL matchup.

Oakland Athletics at Tampa Bay Rays Odds

The Athletics have gone 34-34 SU this year and are 31-36 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 4.9 units for moneyline bettors and 6.1 units ATS. The Rays, on the other hand, are 41-25 SU and 39-26 ATS. The team’s gained 6.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 11.2 units ATS.

Tampa Bay games have an over/under record of 26-35-4 so far in 2019. The Athletics have an over/under record of 33-31-3.

Brett Anderson will get the nod for Oakland. The southpaw Anderson (6-4, 3.98 ERA) has recorded 39 strikeouts in 72.1 innings so far. He has yet to face the Rays this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Rays are going with righty Yonny Chirinos (7-2, 2.87 ERA), who has 55 strikeouts and 13 walks, along with a 0.90 WHIP. Chirinos did not register a start against the Athletics in 2018.

Tampa Bay’s pitching staff has allowed 3.2 runs per game overall this year as a unit. Its starters have a 2.51 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.39 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 8.8 K/9.

The Tampa Bay hitters have produced 4.7 runs per contest, including 5.3 per game over its last 10 games and 5.0 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .260/.330/.439 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Rays’ offense has been led by Avisail Garcia and Austin Meadows. Garcia is slashing .299/.354/.507 with 11 home runs, 28 RBIs, 34 runs and six stolen bases, and Meadows has put up a line of .333/.408/.603 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 starting pitchers own a 4.25 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 7.15 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.42, along with a WHIP of 1.26 and a K/9 of 8.77.

The Athletics offense has slashed .244/.318/.429 on its way to 4.9 runs scored per game in 2019, including 5.0 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

Shortstop Marcus Semien and third baseman Matt Chapman continue to lead Oakland’s hitters. Semien is slashing .275/.360/.435 with nine home runs, 34 RBIs and 43 runs scored. Chapman is slashing .253/.338/.502 with 16 homers, 36 RBIs and 41 runs scored.

The Rays have gained 5.0 units and are 15-6 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in six of those games, compared to 15 that’ve hit the under against lefty starters.

Athletics vs. Rays MLB Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Rays, ATS Winner – Athletics, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in four of Oakland’s last seven games.
  • The Athletics have a team OPS of .747 this season and an OPS of .724 against right-handed pitchers. The Rays’ OPS stands at .777 overall and .790 versus righties.
  • Tampa Bay has recorded 24.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 23.0 over its last five.
  • The Athletics have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rays have hit 17 over their last 10.