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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics - 5/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (15-21) at Tampa Bay Rays (15-18)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 6:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

K Graveman (1-4) (5.75) vs. M Moore (1-3) (4.83)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -140 / Oakland Athletics +130 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds


It’s time for MLB baseball once again Saturday afternoon as the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays continue their series at Tropicana Field.

This will be the second game of the weekend set. In Friday’s game one, the A’s scored four runs in the top of the first inning on the way to a 6-3 victory. Oakland out-hit Tampa 11-5 on the evening.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics - 5/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kendall Graveman will get the call for the Athletics as the starter in Saturday’s matchup. Across six starts and a 1-4 record in 2016, Graveman has put up a 5.74 ERA with a 1.47 WHIP in 31.1 innings. On Sunday when we last saw him, Graveman was lit up by the Orioles for four home runs in just 2.2 innings.

Oakland doesn’t have a whole lot of punch at the plate, but there are a few standout guys here. Josh Reddick leads the team on 41 hits with 16 runs and 17 RBI. Jed Lowrie has posted 17 RBI and 10 runs with 35 hits, but unfortunately Lowrie is on the DL with a shin issue. Marcus Semien is the big swinger on the team with nine homers and 17 RBI, but is hitting just .217. Semien blasted a solo homer in Friday’s game.

Recently called up from Triple-A, Matt Andriese will be taking the mound for the Rays on Saturday. During his MLB debut on Sunday against the Angels, Andriese was great in seven innings of four-hit ball with three walks and three strikeouts. As long as Andriese continues to pitch well, Tampa Bay will continue to give him starting opportunities.

The Rays batting order features a few noteworthy names you’ll recognize. Logan Forsythe has been great on 33 hits with 15 runs, but was out with a shoulder issue on Friday. Evan Longoria is playing reasonably well with 31 hits and six homers, but sports a .233 BA. Steven Souza has also played pretty well on 29 hits with eight homers and 15 RBI. Souza bagged a pair of hits and an RBI in Friday’s game.

The A’s are 1-6 in Graveman’s last seven road starts, and 2-12 in Graveman’s last 14 starts overall.
Meanwhile, the Rays are 4-1 in their last five game twos of a series and 4-1 in their last five Saturday games.

I liked what I saw out of Andriese in his debut on Sunday. If Tampa can get close to that performance again, the Rays shouldn’t have much trouble dispatching Oakland here.

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Tampa Bay Rays -140

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