Rays vs. Athletics, 07/17/17 - Expert Prediction
Written by: Nikhil Kalro
Tampa Bay Rays (49-44) at Oakland Athletics (42-50)
MLB: Monday, July 17, 10:05 PM EST at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California
The Line: Oakland Athletics -105
The Oakland Athletics host the Tampa Bay Rays in an American League match-up, with game 1 on Monday night. Jake Odorizzi will start for the Rays and Daniel Gossett for the A’s.
Rays hold second spot in AL East
A four-game winning streak pushed the Tampa Bay Rays up to second in the American League East, overtaking the New York Yankees. That run was broken by a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels in game 3.
“That stunk, but really happy with the way the guys responded there in the ninth,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “We just came up a little bit short.”
The Rays have been consistent through the season on both ends. They have hit 439 runs (tied for 11th) with an ERA of 4.12 (11th).
A’s stun Indians over three games
The Oakland Athletics‘ series sweep of the Cleveland Indians will undoubtedly go down as one of the highlights of their season. They scored 17 runs, and just allowed six. Still, they’re languishing at fifth position in the American League West, with a 42-50 record.
“Maybe the break was good for everyone,” Sean Manaea, who struck out eight in seven innings in game 3, said. “A well-needed rest. Hearing the trade news put a fire under everybody.”
The A’s are still one of the worst batting teams in the league. They have hit just 392 runs (23rd) with a batting average of .236 (29th) and an on-base percentage of .309 (26th).
Tampa Bay Rays are:
- 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss.
- 5-0 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series.
- 4-1 in their last 5 overall.
Oakland Athletics are:
- 13-28 in their last 41 during game 1 of a series.
- 1-4 in their last 5 Monday games.
The Rays have surprised many with their consistency in both departments. The A’s are a confident side after their series sweep. But I’m going for consistency over confidence in this one. Take the Rays.
The Pick: Tampa Bay Rays
Nikhil has been working with ESPN since the age of 18 and covers cricket for their website ESPNcricinfo. When not writing or editing news, game reports, commentary and analysis stories, he is following American sports. A love for stats and patterns, research and results and plain simple learning with a few years of handicapping experience makes him almost 0.500 reliable. A degree in business administration and a keen eye for volatile industries like the stock market help too.
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