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Athletics vs. Rays - 8/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (59-61) at Oakland Athletics (53-69)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 21, 2015 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

D Smyly (0-2) (4.35) vs. C Bassitt (1-4) (2.60)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -109 / Tampa Bay Rays -101 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN/CSCA

The Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series Friday night.

The Tampa Bay Rays need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Rays have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Rays have lost four of their last five games when scoring three or less runs. Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 123 hits and 55 RBI while Logan Forsythe and Asdrubal Cabrera have combined for 83 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost six of their last eight road games. Drew Smyly gets the nod, and he’s 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. Smyly is 0-2 with a 9.95 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

Athletics vs. Rays - 8/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland Athletics need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Athletics have scored 12 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Athletics have lost six straight when scoring three or less runs. Billy Burns leads Oakland with 114 hits and 27 RBI while Josh Reddick and Marcus Semien have combined for 91 RBI. The Oakland Athletics have won five straight home games. Chris Bassitt takes the hill, and he’s 1-4 with a 2.60 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. This is Bassitt’s first career game against the Rays.

The Rays are 11-23 in their last 34 games vs. a right-handed starter and 6-2 in Smylys last 8 starts. The Athletics are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite. The Rays are 19-47 in the last 66 meetings in Oakland and 4-9 in the last 13 meetings overall.

The Rays have to get on a roll here if they hope to seriously get in the wild card race. Besides his last outing against Texas, Smyly has been solid this season in limited playing time. I'll take the road team at this price.

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Tampa Bay Rays -101

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