Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics Free Pick

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The Oakland Athletics will go for their fourth win in a row when they play host to the Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. NBC Sports – California will be televising this AL matchup and the game gets underway at 10:07 p.m. ET.

Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics Odds

Each team is receiving identical odds (-105) if you’re wanting to play the moneyline and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this one at 8.5 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total currently stand at +110 for the over and -130 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds sitting at Rays -1.5 runs (+140) and Athletics +1.5 runs (-160).

The Athletics are 39-36 straight up (SU) and 35-39 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 2.5 units for moneyline bettors and 5.2 units ATS. The Rays are 43-31 SU and have gone 40-33 against the spread. Overall, the team’s lost 0.3 units for moneyline gamblers, but have gained 4.2 units ATS.

Oakland games have a 36-35-3 over/under record so far in 2019. Rays games have gone under 40 times, gone over 28 times and pushed on five instances.

Charlie Morton will get the nod for Tampa Bay. The right-handed Morton is 8-1 with a 2.37 ERA and 107 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with seven strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Oakland this year.

The Athletics will be sending righty Frankie Montas (9-2, 2.85 ERA) to the mound. Montas has 88 strikeouts and 21 walks to his name, along with a 1.18 WHIP. Montas has yet to face the Rays this year and did not register a start against them in 2018.

As a unit, Oakland’s pitching staff has given up 4.5 runs per game overall in 2019. The team’s starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.07, a WHIP of 1.23 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.1. The bullpen has a 4.32 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 8.9 K/9.

Oakland’s offense is putting up 5.1 runs per contest, including 6.4 per game over its last 10 games and 8.2 per game over its last five. The team has hit .295/.361/.591 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that span.

Marcus Semien has helped lead the Athletics’ offense this year with 10 home runs, 37 RBIs and 51 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Tampa Bay’s pitching staff allowed 3.5 runs per game and its starters own a 2.93 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 10.06 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.54, along with a WHIP of 1.04.

Rays hitters have slashed .258/.333/.431 on their way to 4.6 runs scored per game this year, including 3.6 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 2.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

Tampa Bay’s hitters have been paced by Tommy Pham. Pham is slashing .301/.406/.480 with 10 home runs, 32 RBIs and 32 runs scored.

The Athletics are coming off of an 8-3 win against the Orioles, while the Rays just lost a 12-1 game to the Yankees.

Rays vs. Athletics Free MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has cashed in four of Tampa Bay’s last seven games.
  • The Rays have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games. The Athletics have hit 16 over their last 10.
  • The Rays have an OPS of .763 this season and an OPS of .782 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Athletics’ OPS stands at .760 overall and .735 versus righties.
  • Oakland has recorded 24.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 29.0 over its last five.
  • The Rays have lost four of their last five games SU.