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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics - 5/23/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (14-29) at Tampa Bay Rays (23-19)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 4:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

K Graveman (1-2) (8.27) vs. N Karns (3-1) (3.77)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -134 / Oakland Athletics +124 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-California, SunSports

The Oakland Athletics look to pick up a win at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Oakland Athletics record tells us all we need to know as in this isn’t the same team as in prior seasons an they need to do a lot of winning to right the ship. Righting the ship will have to wait another day following a 5-2 defeat at Tropicana Field. Starter Scott Kazmir was charged with three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a trio of free passes over 5.2 innings to fall to 2-3. The A’s had runners on nine hits and four walks with Stephen Vogt going 2-5 with a homer while Billy Butler went 2-4 with an RBI. Rookie Kendall Graveman makes his 5th career start at Tropicana Field against Tampa Bay. Graveman struggled the last time out in a 9-3 loss to the Astros with six runs plated on nine hits over 4.2 frames.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics - 5/23/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Rays might be the surprise of the American League East although whether they stay there long term is the question. The Rays maintained their position for another day after knocking off Oakland for their 7th win in eleven contests. Starter Chris Archer improved to 5-4 with a solo jack given up through 5.1 frames  with five relievers holding off the Athletics. The offense racked up 13 hits and walked three times with Evan Longoria going deep and driving in three while Steven Souza and Tim Beckham slamming solo jacks. Nathan Karns will be working on consistency when he takes the hill against visiting Oakland. Karns allowed both runs in a 3-2 victory versus the Yankees on seven hits and a pair of BB over five innings. 

The under is 7-0-1 in Oakland’s last 8 on astroturf while the Athletics are 1-8 in their last 9 road games and 7-27 in their last 34 games as an underdog. The under is 18-7 in the Rays last 25 overall an Tampa Bay are 15-6 in their last 21 Saturday games. The under is 7-1-1 in the last 9 meetings and Oakland are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

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Tampa Bay -134

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