Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 6/20/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics

Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 9:07 PM (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

Oakland Athletics +105 / Tampa Bay Rays -115

The Tampa Bay Rays and the Oakland A’s meet in game one of a four game set in MLB action from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Thursday night.

The Tampa Bay Rays will look for a win after being swept by the Yankees, dropping seven of their last nine games following a 12-1 rout at the hands of New York last time out. Tommy Pham went 2 for 4 with an RBI while Willy Adames added a base hit of his own as each of Tampa Bay’s three hits went for a double in the loss. Blake Snell failed to get out of the first inning, allowing six runs on two hits while walking four, taking the loss to fall to 4-6 this season. Charlie Morton will start game one and is 8-1 with a 2.37 ERA and 107 strikeouts this season. In his career, Morton is 2-1 with a 3.27 ERA and 39 strikeouts against Oakland.

The Oakland A’s will look to keep the momentum going after completing the sweep of Baltimore to start the week, winning six of their last eight games following an 8-3 win in the series finale on Wednesday. Josh Phegley went 2 for 4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs while Matt Chapman, Khris Davis, Ramon Laureano and Stephen Piscotty each had an RBI in the win with Laureano and Chapman each adding a double while Piscotty had a pair of two-baggers in the victory. Marcus Semien went 2 for 4 with a double and Mark Canha added a double of his own to cap off Oakland’s offense as a team in the win. Chris Bassitt gave up two runs on two hits while striking out six over 5.2 innings of work to improve to 4-3 on the year. Frankie Montas will start game one and is 9-2 with a 2.85 ERA and 88 strikeouts this season. This will be Montas’ first career start against Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 road games while the under is 8-2-1 in their last 11 games against the AL West. Oakland is 6-1 in Montas’ last 7 starts and 4-1 in their last 5 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 home games. Tampa Bay is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Oakland.

Tampa Bay has had a strong run to start the season, but the cracks are starting to show in the Rays, and that includes Morton who finally suffered his first loss last time out after giving up four runs in six innings to the Angels. Tampa Bay also scored just four runs in the series against the Yankees and each of their last eight losses have seen Tampa score three runs or less. On the flipside, it may have been against Baltimore, but Oakland scored 27 runs in that series and are starting to show signs of being the playoff team from last season. Montas has also been one of Oakland’s better, if not their best pitcher this season, and I think getting the A’s at plus/even money in this spot is too good to pass on given the form of both teams. I’ll side with Oakland to fire the first shot on Thursday.

Chris’s Pick Oakland Athletics +105

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.