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Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 5/31/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (27-26) at Oakland Athletics (28-27)
Date & Time Thursday May 31, 2018, 3:35 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Oakland Athletics -145 / Tampa Bay Rays +125 --- Over/Under: 8.5
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MLB | Tampa Bay Rays (27-26) at Oakland Athletics (28-27)
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The Tampa Bay Rays and the Oakland A’s meet in the finale of their four game set in MLB action on Thursday afternoon.

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to complete the sweep after winning their fifth straight game, a 6-0 shutout victory on Wednesday. Rob Refsnyder led the Rays, going 1 for 6 with three RBIs and a home run, while Johnny Field went 2 for 4 with a homer, a double and two RBIs. C.J. Cron had an RBI and a double to round out Tampa Bay’s scoring in the win, while Carlos Gomez added a triple. Wilson Ramos went 2 for 4, while Daniel Robertson, Matt Duffy and Christian Arroyo each added base hits as well to round out the offense for Tampa Bay in the win. Nathan Eovaldi was outstanding in his first start following a 2nd Tommy John surgery, throwing six no-hit innings, striking out four. Ryne Stanek will start the finale and is 1-0 with a 3.24 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. This will be Stanek’s first career start against Oakland. 

The Oakland A’s will be looking to snap their three game losing skid after being shutout and held to just one hit as a team in the loss on Wednesday. Jed Lowrie’s single was the lone base knock for the A’s, as the rest of the team went 0 for 24 in the loss. Sean Manaea took the loss, dropping his record back below .500 at 5-6 this season, giving up four runs on five hits while striking out three over his five innings of work. Daniel Mengden will start game four and is 5-4 with a 2.85 ERA and 43 strikeouts this season. This will be Mengden’s first career start against Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay is 9-1 in their last 10 road games and 5-0 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games following a win. Oakland is 4-1 in Mengden’s last 5 starts and 3-9 in their last 12 home games while the under is 9-0 in their last 9 home games against a right-handed starter. Tampa Bay is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Oakland.

The A’s have been good with Mengden on the mound, there’s no denying that. However, there’s also no denying that the Rays are onto something with this opener strategy, and have been on fire lately. I’m not sure what we will see from Stanek, but from a value standpoint, the value is all on the Rays given their current form.

Tampa Bay +125

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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