It’s easy for teams to get up for big series against divisional foes or teams that they are in a playoff hunt with, but what about when the time comes to play teams with nothing to lose? How often do you see good teams play down to the level of cellar dwellers, essentially hurting their postseason baseball odds? That is what the Tampa Bay Rays will be looking to avoid when they roll into Oakland to play the A’s on Saturday.
Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics MLB Game InfoDate/Time: Saturday, August 22nd, 9:05 PMVenue: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CATV: Sun Sports, MLBNRadio: WDAE 620 AM /95.3 FMOpening line: Oakland -113 Erasmo Ramirez (10-4, 3.57 ERA) will be on the mound in search of his third straight win.If the Oakland A’s (53-69) proved anything with their wins over the Dodgers, it’s that they might be quite happy to adopt the spoiler role in the final few weeks of the season. Back to back sweeps at the hands of the Orioles and Blue Jays made it appear as though this team was about to lay down and die, but that may not be the case after all. Oakland has been a whole lot better at home than on the road this season, so they will want to make some hay in this series before heading out on another road trip on Monday. When you look ahead at their remaining schedule, you see plenty of opportunities for them to have an impact on the playoff races. It’s all just a matter of whether or not they are up for the task. Sonny Gray (12-5, 2.04 ERA) has been one of the few bright spots for Oakland this season, and he will be looking for his third straight win at home.
Key Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Oakland
- Oakland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
- Oakland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay