Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/19/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (51-44) at Oakland Athletics (42-52)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 3:35 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)
Jacob Faria (4-0) (2.00) vs. S Gray (5-4) (3.72)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -128 / Tampa Bay Rays +118 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, MLBN
The Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics meet Wednesday in MLB action at Oakland Alameda Coliseum.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for another victory after winning four of their last five games. The Rays have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 14 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won eight straight games when scoring more than three runs. Corey Dickerson leads the Rays with 112 hits and 42 RBI while Evan Longoria and Steven Souza Jr. have combined for 186 hits and 117 RBI. Jacob Faria gets the ball, and he is 4-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. This will be Faria’s first career game against the Athletics.
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The Oakland Athletics could use a win here after winning three of their last five games. The Athletics allowed four runs in Tuesday’s loss and three or more runs in 18 of their last 19 games. The Oakland Athletics have split their last 12 games when allowing at least three runs. Offensively, Jed Lowrie leads Oakland with 91 hits and 33 RBI while Ryon Healy and Khris Davis have combined for 172 hits and 119 RBI. Sonny Gray gets the ball, and he is 5-4 with a 3.72 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. Gray is 2-2 with a 4.07 ERA and 41 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 4-0 in Farias last 4 road starts and 6-1 in Farias last 7 starts. The Athletics are 1-4 in their last 5 Wednesday games, 2-6 in Grays last 8 starts during game 3 of a series and 7-16 in Grays last 23 starts with 4 days of rest. The Athletics are 2-5 in Grays last 7 starts vs. Rays and the under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Oakland.
The Rays are gaining confidence by the day and keep finding ways to win even if they don't have their best stuff. Faria has allowed no more than three earned runs in his seven starts this season and has an ERA of 1.69 on the road in 26.2 innings. Gray has been terrific in his ownright, but we're getting plus money with the better and hotter team, so I'll gladly take the Rays at this price based on the value.