Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays 8/5/14 Pick, Odds, Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (54-57) at Oakland Athletics (67-43)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
Drew Smyly (L) (5-9) (4.210) vs. Jason Hammel (R) (8-9) (3.867)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -138 / Tampa Bay Rays +128 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-California, Sun
The Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays face off on Tuesday in Oakland for game two of their series.
It took them extra innings to get it done but the A’s waked away with the win on Monday in their series opener against Tampa Bay. Jed Lowrie had three hits and Eric Sogard Sam Fuld had two hits each as the A’s scored three runs on 10 hits. Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija allowed five hits and two runs while striking out three over 7.0 innings to not factor in the decision and Ryan Cook picked up the win. For Tuesday’s game the A’s start Jason Hammel who has been simply awful since being traded to Oakland from the Cubs. Sine the trade Hammel has allowed 26 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 12 over 17 innings for a 0-4 record and a 9.53 ERA.
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The Tampa Bay Rays fought hard until the end but couldn’t get the win on Monday. Evan Longoria hit a home run and Desmond Jennings and James Loney each had two hits as the Rays scored two runs on six hits. Starting pitcher Alex Cobb pitcher well allowing seven hits and two runs while striking out four over 5.2 innings but it was Former Athletic Grant Balfour who took the loss to fall to 1-4 for the season. For Tuesday’s game Tampa Bay starts Drew Smyly who came to the Rays in the David Price trade. For the season, in Detroit Smyly has allowed 111 hits and 46 earned runs while striking out 89 over 105.1 innings for a 6-9 record and a 3.93 ERA.
Oakland is 9-3 at home against a left-handed starter, 39-17 as a home favorite, and 1-4 following a win. Tampa Bay is 9-0 in game two of a series, 16-5 in their last 21 road games, and 1-4 in their last five games. Tampa Bay is 1-6 in their last seven games against Oakland.
While we saw few runs on Monday, I expect more here and I like the over for my free pick. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.
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