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Oakland A’s vs. Tampa Bay Rays Total Pick

Time: 7:10 PM EST Tuesday May 20, 2014

Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

The Tampa Bay Rays host the Oakland A’s in an American League match up.

In their last games: The A’s beat the Cleveland Indians 13-3 and the Rays lost to the L.A. Angels 6-2.

In their win over the Indians Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes had 5 RBI and the A’s jumped out to a 7-1 lead by the 5th inning before winning 13-3.

In their loss to the Angels L.A.’s Albert Pujols hit 2 HR and the Rays only had 5 hits.

This game is the first meeting this season between these 2 teams.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The A’s are coming off a 3-game sweep against the Indians where they outscored Cleveland 30-6.

In the last 22 games between these 2 teams the Under record is 14-6-2.

The Rays are 1-6 in Jake Odorizzi’s last 7 starts.

Last season these 2 teams split their six meetings with both sweeping the series on their home field.

Pitching Match Up
Oakland A’s: Drew Pomeranz (3-1, 1.14 ERA)
Tampa Bay Rays: Jake Odorizzi (2-3, 4.89 ERA)

Betting Odds

Money Line: A’s -125 / Rays -115
Run Line: Oakland -1.5 +130
Total Line: 8 Under (-120)

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Washing Oakland A’s 28-16 SU / O/U 24-19 / Run Line W/L 25-19
Tampa Bay Rays: 19-26 SU / O/U 25-18 / Run Line W/L 15-30

Key Betting Trends
• OAK is 9-1 in their last 10 overall.
• OAK is 25-10 in their last 35 road games.
• OAK has an Over record of 7-1-1 in their last 9 games.
• TB is 4-9 in their last 13 overall.
• TB is 1-7 in their last 8 home games.
• TB has an Over record of 12-4-1 in their last 17 home games.

Key Player Injuries

A’S
Jed Lowrie SS Out May 18 knee Day-to-day
Ryan Cook RP D.L. May 9 arm Out indefinitely
Jake Elmore SS D.L. Apr 3 quadriceps Out indefinitely
A.J. Griffin SP D.L. Mar 30 elbow 2015
Jarrod Parker SP D.L. Mar 20 elbow 2015
Eric O’Flaherty RP D.L. Feb 17 elbow June?

RAYS
Ryan Hanigan C Out May 18 hamstring Day-to-day
Desmond Jennings OF D.L. May 17 family Day-to-day
Ben Zobrist 2B D.L. May 15 thumb Late May?
Alex Cobb SP D.L. Apr 13 ribs May 22?
Matt Moore SP D.L. Apr 8 elbow 2015
Jeremy Hellickson SP D.L. Mar 30 elbow Late June
Tim Beckham 2B D.L. Mar 30 knee Out indefinitely

Total Pick:

The Athletics continued their roll sweeping the Indians and have now won 9 of their last 10. Dominate would be a fair term to describe Oakland’s play outscoring their opponent 71-18. Tonight they open against the Rays who’ve been a disappointment in early season play. They’re coming off of a 7 game road trip that saw them score 3 or fewer runs in 5 of the last 6. They did win 3 of those games which is a sign that their pitching may be coming around. Tonight’s starter Jake Odorizzi posted one of the wins shutting out the Mariners over 6 innings in a 2-0 win. Odorizzi shutout the Indians over 5 innings in his start prior to the Seattle game, so he has now held the opposition to zero runs in 11 innings over his last two starts. A`s starter Drew Pomeranz has only two starts on the season allowing both of his opponents to no runs over 5 innings. The two starts were very solid with a combined total of 5 hits and 13 strikeouts over the 10 innings.
Take UNDER 8 -115.

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