Oakland vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Lines Prediction

Posted by Daniel Strum on May 13, 2016 in

The Oakland Athletics will go on the road to Tampa Bay to battle the Rays on Saturday evening. The Oakland Athletics are in third place in the American League West, but have struggled all season long. Oakland is just 14-21, and trail the Seattle Mariners by 7.5 games in the division. The Athletics were blown out in a recent series by the Red Sox. For the Rays, they come into the game with a 15-17 record. Tampa Bay sits in fourth place in the American League East, ahead of only the New York Yankees.

How To Bet on the Athletics vs. Rays MLB Odds, TV and Game Info

When: Saturday, May 14, 6:10 PM ET
Where: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg
Radio: Athletics and Rays
Stream Option: FoxSportsGo
Pitching Matchups: Athletics: Kendall Graveman (1-4) vs. Rays: Matt Andriese (1-0)

Why Bet the Athletics

The Oakland Athletics have dropped five straight games. During that five game losing streak, Oakland has allowed 56 runs. The Athletics have dropped to 27th in all of Major League Baseball in earned run average, just under 5. The Athletics starting pitchers have 13 quality starts on the season, which ranks 24th. Oakland’s offense is anchored by Marcus Semien, with 8 homeruns. Khris Davis leads in RBI’s with 18, and Josh Reddick is batting .317. Oakland has won just 1 out of their last 10 games.

Why Bet the Rays

Matt Andriese will throw for the Tampa Bay Rays in this game. He is part of a starting pitching staff that has an earned run average of 3.68. The Rays offense has struggled through the first part of the season. The Rays are batting .224 as a team, which is 30th out of 30 MLB teams. Tampa Bay has scored 113 runs, which ranks 28th. Logan Forsythe has the best batting average for the Rays, at .308. Steven Souza is the leading homerun hitter with 8, and Corey Dickerson leads the team with 17 runs batted in.

My Expert Pick + Prediction

It’s Kendall Graveman for the Oakland Athletics against youngster Matt Andriesse for the Tampa Bay Rays. Andriesse was pretty solid in his first start, which was a win over the Angels. Graveman has really struggled this season, and has an earned run average nearing 6. The Rays have struggled to hit consistently, but at home, they should be able to chase Graveman early in this game. The bet for Saturday night in Major League Baseball is the Tampa Bay Rays -133 over the Oakland Athletics.

The final score prediction: Rays 9 – Athletics 4