Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics
|Date & Time||Saturday June 22, 2019, 4:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays / Oakland Athletics -- Over/Under:
The Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.
The Tampa Bay Rays could use a win after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Rays have scored 10 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 11 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. Yonny Chirinos gets the ball, and he is 7-3 with a 3.00 ERA and 68 strikeouts this season. Chirinos is 0-0 with a 3.97 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics look for a win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Athletics have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 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 148 hits and 77 RBI. Mike Fiers gets the ball, and he is 7-3 with a 4.28 ERA and 60 strikeouts this season. Fiers is 2-2 with a 4.93 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 3-5 in their last 8 vs. American League West, 0-4 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Athletics are 11-3 in Fiers' last 14 home starts, 15-5 in Fiers' last 20 starts on grass and 4-1 in Fiers' last 5 starts. The under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Oakland. The over is 5-2 in Athletics last 7 overall. The under is 11-5-1 in Rays last 17 overall.
Both of these pitchers have been solid as of late, but it's Fiers who has been highly impressive when pitching at Oakland since coming over from Detroit. This season in 46.2 innings, Fiers is allowing a 3.09 ERA and a .189 batting average. The A's have won five of Fiers' last six starts overall and are 11-3 in his 14 tom games since coming over from the Tigers. The Tampa Bay Rays have also had recent offensive issues during this funk they've found themselves in. I'll back the Athletics.