Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/18/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (50-44) at Oakland Athletics (42-51)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 10:05 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)
Blake Snell (0-5) (5.02) vs. Chris Smith (0-0) (4.50)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -110 / Tampa Bay Rays +100 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, NSCA
The Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics meet Tuesday in MLB action at Oakland Alameda Coliseum.
The Tampa Bay Rays look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Rays have allowed nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won 16 straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Corey Dickerson leads the Rays with 112 hits and 42 RBI while Evan Longoria and Steven Souza Jr. have combined for 185 hits and 116 RBI. Blake Snell gets the ball, and he is 0-5 with a 4.85 ERA and 45 strikeouts this season. This will be Snell’s second career game against the Athletics.
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The Oakland Athletics look for a victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Athletics have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Oakland Athletics have won seven straight games when scoring more than two runs. Jed Lowrie leads Oakland with 91 hits and 33 RBI while Ryon Healy and Khris Davis have combined for 171 hits and 117 RBI. Chris Smith gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and four strikeouts this season. Smith is 0-0 with a 15.00 ERA and three strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 Tuesday games, 1-6 in Snells last 7 road starts and 0-5 in Snells last 5 starts. The Athletics are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League East, 8-3 in their last 11 home games vs. a left-handed starter and 5-1 in their last 6 home games. The Rays are 20-42 in the last 62 meetings in Oakland.
Snell has struggled for the most part the last month or so, but he is coming off a solid performance against the Cubs in which he allowed just four hits and zero runs in five innings. Smith has just six innings under his belt this season and just 14 games since 2010 when he was with the Brewers. The Rays are playing some really good baseball right now and you can see the confidence building as they prove a wild card spot is a real possibility. I'm going to back the better team here and the even money.