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Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/6/14

Tampa Bay Rays (54-57) at Oakland Athletics (67-43)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm (O.co Coliseum)

Jeremy Hellickson (R) (0-1) (3.292) vs. Sonny Gray (R) (12-4) (2.589)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -189 / Tampa Bay Rays +179 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SunSports

The Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics conclude their weekday set at O.co Coliseum Wednesday.

I think Tampa Bay came to the realization that the postseason was not in their future which is why David Price is no more. The Rays have made a huge comeback to get within striking distance of the .500 mark but the hole was too deep to get much further. The hole got a little deeper Tuesday in a 3-0 loss at Oakland. Starter Drew Smyly gave up all three runs on seven hits over 5.1 frames to fall to 6-10 on the year. The bats had a few chances with seven hits and four BB but never received the big hit. Cole Figueroa recorded a pair of hits but the Rays hit in to two double plays and commited three errors. Tampa Bay's fading postseason hopes look to get a boost on the mound from Jeremy Hellickson. Hellickson has gone 0-1 in three starts since coming off the disabled list with a 3.29 ERA.

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Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/6/14


The Athletics have been a .500 team over the past few weeks and that won't be good enough to hold on to the American League West crown if the Angels keep playing well. Something seems amiss with the A's right now and I'm tempted to say their recent trades are too blame but I'll sit and watch before giving my opinion. Starter Jason Hammel hasn't thrown the ball well since coming over from the Cubs but he managed to squeeze out of a few jams to throw 5.1 shutout innings at Tampa Bay to get the win. The Athletics totaled ten hits and walked four times with Coco Crisp, Nate Frieman and Josh Reddick knocking in runs. Sonny Gray hopes to continue his hot pitching when he gets the ball against Tampa Bay for the second time in 2014. Gray is one reason Oakland leads the AL West with his 12-4 record and 2.59 ERA.

The Rays have been fading but Oakland hasn't looked all that great lately so laying the big chalk is noy ideal so take this with a grain of salt...

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