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Athletics vs. Rays - 8/22/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (60-61) at Oakland Athletics (53-69)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 9:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

E Ramirez (10-4) (3.49) vs. K Graveman (6-9) (4.27)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -105 / Tampa Bay Rays -105 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN/CSCA

The Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics play game two Saturday night.

The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Rays have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last six. The Rays have lost five of their last eight 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 nine road games. Erasmo Ramirez gets the nod, and he’s 10-4 with a 3.57 ERA and 87 strikeouts this season. Ramirez is 0-6 with a 5.26 ERA and 33 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

Athletics vs. Rays - 8/22/15 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 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Athletics have lost seven straight when scoring three or less runs. Billy Burns leads Oakland with 114 hits and 27 RBI while Marcus Semien and Brett Lawrie have combined for 76 RBI. The Oakland Athletics have won five of their last six home games. Sonny Gray takes the hill, and he’s 12-5 with a 2.04 ERA and 141 strikeouts this season. Gray is 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Rays are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record and 13-5 in Ramirezs last 18 starts. The Athletics are 5-2 in their last 7 Saturday games and  4-1 in Grays last 5 starts. The Athletics are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings when Gray faces Ramirez. 

The A's are in a major funk and hard to back during this lengthy losing streatch. The Rays have had success with Ramirez on the mound and could use another W to get back in the wild card race. I like the road team at this price. 

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Tampa Bay Rays -105

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