Oakland Athletics (15-10) at Tampa Bay Rays (13-12)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Chris Bassitt (2-2) (4.13) vs. Shane McClanahan (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -105 / Oakland Athletics -105 --- Over/Under: 8 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays meet Thursday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.
The Oakland Athletics need a win after losing three of their last four games. The Athletics have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last six games. The Athletics have won five of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Matt Olson leads the Athletics with 24 hits and 17 RBI while Jed Lowrie and Mark Canha have combined for 43 hits and 24 RBI. Chris Bassitt gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 4.13 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. Bassitt is 0-1 with a 1.86 ERA and six strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Rays have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Rays have won seven of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Randy Arozarena leads the Rays with 27 hits and 11 RBI while Joey Wendle and Yandy Diaz have combined for 43 hits and 22 RBI. Shane McClanahan gets the ball, and he was 0-0 with a 8.31 ERA and four strikeouts in last years postseason. This will be McClanahan’s first career game against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road favorite and 12-4 in their last 16 Thursday games. The Rays are 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win and 52-22 in their last 74 home games. The under is 4-1-1 in Athletics last 6 overall. The under is 5-0 in Rays last 5 overall. The Athletics are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
Chris Bassitt isn't off to the best start in the world, but he's playing with the A's, a team that's been rather consistent and puts up a fair amount of runs. It's also hard to get behind the Rays and Shane McClanahan, who will make his major league regular season debut. I usually fade pitchers who we haven't seen on a big league mound yet, and an inning or two in last years postseason doesn't count much. Give me the A's.