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Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 6/21/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics
Date & Time Friday June 21, 2019, 10:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, California
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays / Oakland Athletics -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
NSCA, SUN
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The Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics meet Friday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.

The Tampa Bay Rays could use a win to snap a four-game losing streak. The Rays have scored eight runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost 10 straight games when scoring three or less runs. Tommy Pham leads the Rays with 78 hits and 33 RBI while Avisail Garcia and Brandon Lowe have combined for 142 hits and 78 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t list a starting pitcher at the time this article was posted.

The Oakland Athletics look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Athletics have scored 29 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Oakland Athletics have won seven straight games when scoring four or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 85 hits and 37 RBI while Matt Chapman and Ramon Laureano have combined for 145 hatstand 76 RBI. Tanner Anderson gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. This will be Anderson’s second career game against the Rays.

The Rays are 17-6 in their last 23 vs. American League West, 25-11 in their last 36 during game 2 of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Athletics are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. American League East, 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 Friday games. The Rays are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Oakland and the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Athletics last 7 home games. The under is 11-4-1 in Rays last 16 overall.

The Tampa Bay Rays are going through a stretch where they can't score runs, and that's not good when playing an A's squad that gets hot quickly offensively and can beat teams into the dirt at home. Anderson has just 11 innings under this belt this season, but he's been respectable, allowing four earned runs and striking out eight. I usually like backing the Athletics at home where they've been one of the more consistent teams in the league dating back to last season. The fact the Rays are having issues makes this pick a little easier. 

Pick:
Oakland Athletics

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