Rays vs. Athletics - 5/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (14-28) at Tampa Bay Rays (22-19)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
J Chavez (1-3) (2.63) vs. A Colome (2-1) (6.05)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -109 / Oakland Athletics -101 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CA, SunSports
The Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays begin a four-game series Thursday night.
The Oakland Athletics look for a win after losing five of their last six games. The Athletics have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Athletics have lost 13 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Marcus Semien leads Oakland with 51 hits and 15 RBI while Billy Butler and Josh Reddick have combined for 50 RBI. The Oakland Athletics have lost seven of their last eight road games. Jesse Chavez gets the ball, and he’s 1-3 with a 2.63 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. Chavez is 0-0 with a 3.18 ERA and five strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
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The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Rays have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Rays have won six of their last eight games when topping three runs. Logan Forsythe leads Tampa Bay with 41 hits and 18 RBI while Evan Longoria and Steven Souza Jr. have combined for 34 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays won five of their last seven home games. Alex Colome takes the hill, and he’s 2-1 with a 6.05 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. This will be Colome’s first career game against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 1-5 in Chavezs last 6 starts. The Rays are 10-3 in their last 13 home games and 5-2 in Colomes last 7 starts. The Athletics are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
The Rays have been flat out terrific when playing at home, and Chavez has won just one of his last six starts. I'm going with the home team and the reasonable chalk.