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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics - 6/12/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oakland Athletics at Tampa Bay Rays
Date & Time Wednesday June 12, 2019, 12:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Tropicana Field
Tampa, FL
The Line
Tampa Bay Rays: -162 / Oakland A's : +148 -- O/U: 8.5
TV Channel
MLB
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The Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays meet in the rubber match of their three game set in MLB action from Tropicana Field on Wednesday.

The Oakland A’s will look to take the set after evening up the series at one win apiece following a 4-3 win in game two on Tuesday. Matt Olson had a home run and two RBIs while Khris Davis added a solo homer and Chad Pinder chipped in an RBI to finish off Oakland’s scoring as a team in the win. Jurickson Profar went 2 for 4 and Marcus Semien had a double to cap off the A’s offense in the victory. Mike Fiers got the win to improve to 6-3 this season after allowing just two runs on three hits while striking out four over six innings of work. Blake Treinen closed out the 9th for his 15th save of the season. Brett Anderson will start game three and is 6-4 with a 3.98 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. In his career, Anderson is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA and 17 strikeouts against Tampa Bay.

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to bounce back after a loss in game two on Tuesday. Tommy Pham had a solo home run while Willy Adames went 2 for 3 with an RBI as well in the losing effort. Kevin Kiermaier chipped in a base hit of his own as Tampa Bay mustered up just four hits as a team in the defeat. Emilio Pagan ended up with the loss in relief, falling to 1-1 on the year after giving up three runs, two earned, in two innings of work. Yonny Chirinos will start the finale and is 7-2 with a 2.87 ERA and 55 strikeouts this season. This will be Chirinos’ first career start against Oakland.

Oakland is 5-2 in Anderson’s last 7 starts and 2-10 in their last 12 games against the AL East while the over is 14-2 in their last 16 Wednesday games. Tampa Bay is 5-2 in Chirinos’ last 7 starts and 16-6 in their last 22 games against the AL West while the over is 15-6-4 in their last 25 home games.

Anderson is the more well-known commodity of the two starters here, but the problem is that he’s been a mixed bag of results lately, and has allowed three runs in back-to-back starts. Chirinos has instilled himself as one of the key cogs in the Rays’ rotation, and is fresh off of throwing eight shutout innings against the defending World Series champion Red Sox. This could end up being a pitchers’ duel, but I just like what I’ve seen from Chirinos and the Rays just a little bit more, so I’ll side with Tampa Bay for the victory on Wednesday.

Pick:
Tampa Bay Rays -162

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