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Athletics vs. Rays - 7/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (38-58) at Oakland Athletics (43-54)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 9:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

D Smyly (2-11) (5.64) vs. K Graveman (6-6) (4.25)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -114 / Tampa Bay Rays +104 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN/CSCA

The Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics play game three of their series Saturday night.

The Tampa Bay Rays look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Rays have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Tampa Bay Rays offense has been hot in the second half, and they’ve won five of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 108 hits, Brad Miller has 36 RBI and Corey Dickerson has 14 home runs. Drew Smyly gets the nod, and he’s 2-11 with a 5.64 ERA and 111 strikeouts this season. Smyly is 1-2 with a 6.87 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

Athletics vs. Rays - 7/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland Athletics look for another win after winning five of their last eight games. The Athletics have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 4.73 and have lost six of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Khris Davis leads Oakland with 83 hits, Jed Lowrie has 25 RBI and Danny Valencia has 12 home runs. Kendall Graveman takes the hill, and he’s 6-6 with a 4.25 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. Graveman is 1-1 with a 2.04 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Rays are 3-7 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series and 0-5 in Smylys last 5 starts. The Athletics are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 7-0 in Gravemans last 7 starts. The Rays are 22-48 in the last 70 meetings in Oakland.

The Rays have had little to no success this season with Smyly on the hill, which includes losses in eight of his last 10 outings. Have to side with the Athletics at home for the cheap price. 

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Oakland Athletics -114

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