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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics - 9/16/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (90-59) at Tampa Bay Rays (81-66)
Date & Time Sunday September 16, 2018, 1:10 PM (EDT)
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MLB | Oakland Athletics (90-59) at Tampa Bay Rays (81-66)
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The Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays meet Sunday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.

The Oakland Athletics look for a victory after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Athletics have scored 10 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Oakland Athletics have won nine of their last 11 games when scoring more than one run. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 152 hits and 56 RBI while Jed Lowrie and Matt Chapman have combined for 290 hits and 155 RBI. Mike Fiers gets the ball, and he is 12-6 with a 3.29 ERA and 129 strikeouts this season. Fiers is 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Tampa Bay Rays look for a victory after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Rays have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 15 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won six straight games when scoring more than one run. Matt Duffy leads the Rays with 140 hits and 42 RBI while Joey Wendle and Mallex Smith have combined for 256 hits and 88 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t list a starting pitcher at the time this article was posted.

The Athletics are 27-9 in their last 36 Sunday games, 36-17 in their last 53 road games and 7-0 in Fiers' last 7 starts. The Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 Sunday games, 24-8 in their last 32 during game 3 of a series and 38-14 in their last 52 home games. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Oakland Athletics continue to be the most consistent team in all of baseball the past couple of months, and despite a couple of recent losses, you're still making serious money if you're just blindly backing this team. Fiers has also been lights out since coming over from the Detroit Tigers, as he's given up just 12 runs in his last 39.2 innings while striking out 42 batters. I'm going to continue backing the A's given how kind they've been to us since the middle of June.

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