Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/4/14
Tampa Bay Rays (54-56) at Oakland Athletics (67-42)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 4, 2014 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
Alex Cobb (R) (7-6) (3.538) vs. Jeff Samardzija (R) (4-8) (2.924)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -140 / Tampa Bay Rays +130 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series on Monday night.
The Rays are 10-4 since the All Star break and within three games of a .500 record. Despite getting creamed by the Angels, the Rays pitching staff has been solid lately, allowing three or less runs in 10 of their last 14 games. Overall, the Rays have an ERA of 3.63 and have won nine of their last 10 games when allowing less than three runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria has a four-game hitting streak and James Loney has 12 hits in his last nine games. Alex Cobb takes the hill, and he’s 7-6 with a 3.54 ERA and has 92 strikeouts in 96.2 innings. Cobb is 3-2 with a 2.34 ERA in six career starts against the Athletics.
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The Athletics have split their last 10 games and are 24 games above a .500 record. While the Athletics pitching staff has been solid all year, they’ve allowed four or more runs in six of their last 11 games. Overall, the A’s have an ERA of 3.16 and have lost four of their last five games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Derek Norris has 10 hits in his last 10 games and Jed Lowrie has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games. Starting is Jeff Samardzija, who is 4-8 with a 2.92 ERA and has 130 strikeouts in 144.2 innings. This will be Samardzija’s first career game against the Rays.
The Rays are 5-0 in Cobbs last 5 road starts and 5-1 in Cobbs last 6 starts overall. The Athletics are 4-1 in Samardzijas last 5 starts and 4-0 in Samardzijas last 4 starts as a favorite. The Rays are 18-45 in the last 63 meetings in Oakland.
Tampa has been terrible in the past playing in Oakland, but Samardzija hasn't exactly been great. Cobb is now one of the Rays top pitchers and getting plus money seems to be the way to go.