Oakland Athletics vs Tampa Bay Rays Betting Odds
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Oakland Athletics vs Tampa Bay Rays Match Preview and Free Picks
The Oakland Athletics keep putting the heat on the New York Yankees while moving closer to sealing the American League's second wild-card berth. Oakland is 1 1/2 games behind New York for the first wild card and holds a nine-game lead over Tampa Bay entering Saturday's middle contest of a three-game set with the host Rays.
The Athletics dealt Tampa Bay a big blow with Friday's 2-1 victory, courtesy of Khris Davis' major league-leading 42th homer in the 10th inning. Oakland has won nine of its last 11 games and is 35-16 since the All-Star break while trailing the AL West-leading Houston Astros by 2 1/2 games in the division race.
The Rays fell for just the third in their past 12 games but they likely needed to sweep the series with the Athletics to have a realistic shot at chasing them down in the wild-card race. Tampa Bay outfielder Tommy Pham extended his career-best hitting streak to 17 games and is 27-for-69 with three homers and 11 RBIs during the stretch.
Oakland Athletics vs Tampa Bay Rays Starting Pitchers Report
Athletics RH Liam Hendriks (0-1, 5.94 ERA): Trevor Cahill (back) was scratched and left Oakland without a starter so manager Bob Melvin is electing to go the "opener" route and having Hendriks be the first pitcher. The 29-year-old Australian also served as the opener on Wednesday when he gave up one hit in a scoreless inning against Baltimore. Hendriks is 0-1 with a 3.72 ERA in 12 career appearances (two starts) against the Rays.
Rays RH Ryne Stanek (2-3, 2.58): Stanek will serve as the "opener" for the 26th time as manager Kevin Cash continues to use relievers to start games. The 27-year-old was actually the second pitcher in Friday's game, working a scoreless third inning while issuing one walk. Stanek has fanned 70 batters in 59 1/3 innings while limiting opposing hitters to a .184 batting average.
Oakland Athletics Betting Odds Trends
|Oakland is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games|
|Oakland is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 9 of Oakland's last 13 games|
|Oakland is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games on the road|
|Oakland is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Oakland's last 17 games on the road|
|Oakland is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Tampa Bay|
|Oakland is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay|
|Oakland is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay|
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Odds Trends
|Tampa Bay is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games|
|Tampa Bay is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games|
|Tampa Bay is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games at home|
|Tampa Bay is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games at home|
|Tampa Bay is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Oakland|
|Tampa Bay is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Oakland|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing Oakland|
|Tampa Bay is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Oakland|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing at home against Oakland|
Oakland at Tampa Bay Sunday, September 16