Oakland A’s vs. Tampa Bay Rays Total Pick
- Updated: May 20, 2014
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)
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
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?
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
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.