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Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/17/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (49-43) at Oakland Athletics (41-50)

MLB Baseball: Monday, July 17, 2017 at 10:05 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

J Odorizzi (5-4) (4.63) vs. Daniel Gossett (1-4) (6.23)

The Line: Oakland Athletics +104 / Tampa Bay Rays -114 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN, NSCA

Over at O.co Coliseum on Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Oakland Athletics will be kicking off their MLB series. 

Tampa is coming off a set versus the Angels. The Rays won the first two games 2-1 and 6-3, then on Sunday Tampa lost 4-3. 

Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/17/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Taking the mound for the Rays on Monday will be Jake Odorizzi. In his 83.2 innings and 5-4 record this year, Odorizzi has a 4.63 ERA with 72 Ks and 30 BBs. 

Tampa has some solid hitters this year. Chris Dickerson came out of the week with 111 hits, 61 runs, 17 homers and 42 RBI, while Evan Longoria had 92 hits, 47 runs, 13 homers and 55 RBI in that span. Longoria bagged three hits and two runs on Sunday; Dickerson came up empty. 

Over on the A’s side, they’re fresh off a meeting with the Indians. Oakland also won the first two 5-0 and 5-3, then on Sunday the A’s completed the sweep with a 7-3 win. 

The A’s will be going with RHP Daniel Gossett on Monday. In his 30.1 innings and 1-4 record this year, Gossett has a 6.23 ERA with 20 Ks. 

Oakland has a few notable bats as well. Jed Lowrie came out of the week with 90 hits, 51 runs and 32 RBI while Ryon Healy had 88 hits, 37 runs, 19 homers and 52 RBI in that span. On Sunday, Lowrie ripped a homer while Healy had a run, a hit and two RBI. 

The Rays are 5-0 in their last five during game one of a series, and 8-23 in their last 31 Monday games. Tampa is also 1-4 in Odorizzi’s last five starts and 1-5 in Odorizzi’s last six Monday starts. 

Meanwhile, the A’s are 4-0 in their last four versus the AL East, and 1-4 in their last five Monday games. Oakland is also 13-28 in their last 41 during game one of a series and the under is 8-2-1 in the A’s last 11 Monday games. 

Before the break, Odorizzi had a meandering string of starts, giving up three earned in five of six outings. In his final appearance against the Sox on the 7th, Odorizzi coughed up seven earned on eight hits in 4.1 innings. As for Gossett, he gave up three runs on five hits in Seattle over 4.1 innings in his last outing. I’m not thrilled with either pitcher right now, but Odorizzi seems to get more run support overall. I’ll take the Rays for the win here.

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