Rays at Athletics 7/17/17 - MLB Picks & Predictions
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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics
MLB: 10:05 PM EST
Jul. 17, 2017
Latest Odds : TB -110 Total 9
Tampa Bay has been playing well and as the second half the season starts the Rays are in second place, and 2.5 games out, in the AL east. The Rays begin a series in Oakland Monday against the A's. Oakland has also been playing well of late, but is still in last place in the AL west.
The Rays have won four straight and eight of the last 11. Oakland has won six of its last eight, but that follows a six-game skid. Tampa won three of four against Oakland early in the year in Tampa.
Oakland got a boost offensively when rookie Matt Chapman hit his first two home runs of his career on Saturday. Khris Davis has 25 home runs and 62 rbi. Even so the A's are next to last in batting average at .236, and 23rd in scoring with 392 runs. The A's era of 4.70 is 25th.
Both teams have had a lot of home runs this year. The Rays are fourth with 136 and the A's have 130.
Logan Morrison leads the Rays with 24 home runs and 59 rbi. Tampa is 14th in batting, .257 and 11th in scoring with 436 runs. Tampa's era of 4.12 is ninth.
Monday the Rays will start Jake Odorizzi (5-4, 4.63) and the A's have Daniel Gossett (1-4, 6.23) scheduled.
Odorizzi has given up a home run in all but one game this year. In his last game he gave up eight hits and seven runs. Gossett has given up home runs in all but one appearance, and has given up 38 hits against 20 strikeouts.
Recent Betting Trends:
Rays are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. American League West.
Athletics are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. American League East.
Under is 8-2-2 in Rays last 12 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
Over is 4-1 in Athletics last 5 home games.
Free Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Rays -110
Huge starting pitching edge for Rays as Tampa Bay recent hot streak continues on Monday. Rays offense has been doing just enough to cover for the solid starting pitching and it's enough for another key road win. Final Score Prediction, Tampa Bay Rays win 4-3.