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The Oakland A’s travel to Tampa Bay to face the Rays Wednesday in the final game of a three-game series. The Rays won the series opener Monday to improve to 41-24, while the A’s fell to 33-34. The A’s will start left-hander Brett Anderson (6-4), while Yonny Chirinos (7-2) gets the start for Tampa. Game time is 12:10 p.m. ET at Tropicana Field in Tampa.
A’s bats held in check
The Oakland A’s have lost 3 of their last 4 games, including a 6-2 loss to the Rays in the series opener on Monday. The A’s couldn’t get anything going against Rays starter Charlie Morton, who allowed 0 runs on 2 hits in 7 innings. The only A’s runs came in the 9th inning on an RBI double by Stephen Piscotty followed by an RBI single by Robbie Grossman. Marcus Semien added 2 hits for Oakland. The A’s fell to 33-34, 12 games behind Houston in the AL West.
The Athletics average 4.9 runs per game, which is 15th in the MLB. They have a team batting average of .245, which is 18th, and a team slugging percentage of .430, which is 15th in the league. They are 7th in home runs. Josh Phegley leads the A’s hitting 263 with 8 HRs and 38 RBIs while Marcus Semien is batting .276 with 9 HRs and 34 RBIs. Matt Chapman is batting .257 with 16 HRs and 36 RBIs, while Khris Davis is batting .236 with 13 HRs and 34 RBIs. Also, Steven Piscotty is hitting .258 with 8 HRs and 29 RBIs while Grossman is batting .249 with 4 HRs and 18 RBIs.
The pitching has struggled in recent weeks. They have a team ERA at 4.34, which is 15th in the league. They have a WHIP of 1.31, which is 10th. Brett Anderson (6-4) gets the start for Oakland. The left-hander is 6-4 on the year with an ERA of 3.98.
Morton stays perfect for Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays have won 6 of their last 7 to move into first place in the AL East. They beat the A’s 6-2 in the series opener to improve to 41-24, one-half game ahead of the New York Yankees. Charlie Morton stayed perfect, improving to 8-0 after allowing 0 runs on 2 hits in 7 innings to get the win. Brandon Lowe, Ji-Man Choi, and Kevin Kiermaier each had a home run and 2 RBIs for the Rays.
#Rays Charlie Morton has not lost a game since Aug. 11, 2018, spanning 20 starts. He has not lost consecutive games since he lost his third straight on Sept. 5, 2015, spanning 76 starts and four different teams.
— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) June 10, 2019
The Rays average 4.7 runs per game, which is 17th in the league. They have a team batting average of .262, which is 3rd in the league and they have a slugging percentage of .443, which is 11th. Austin Meadows lead the Rays with a batting average of .341 with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs. He’s second in the leading in batting average. Brandon Lowe is batting .288 with 14 home runs and 43 RBIs, while Ji-Man Choi is batting .287 with 7 HRs and 25 RBIs. Yanny Diaz is batting .269 with 10 HRs and 24 RBIs, while Tommy Pham is batting .282 with 8 HRs and 25 RBIs. Also, Kevin Kiermaier is hitting .254 with 8 HRs and 30 RBIs.
The Rays have the best pitching in the majors. They lead the league with a team ERA of 2.92 and they have a WHIP of 1.11, which is 3rd in the majors. The Rays have not yet named a starter for Wednesday. This would be the spot where Yonny Chirinos would start, as he pitched 5 days ago. Chirinos is 7-2 with a 2.87 ERA.
- Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 Wednesday games.
- Rays are 6-1 in their last 7 overall.
- Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 home games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Rays are 5-2 in their last 7 games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Athletics are 4-9 in Anderson’s last 13 road starts.
- Athletics are 5-12 in Anderson’s last 17 starts with 4 days of rest.
- Athletics are 2-5 in Anderson’s last 7 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Athletics are 3-9 in Anderson’s last 12 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Go with the Rays here. The Rays have not named a starter as of press time, but this is the spot where Yonny Chirinos would go and given that he’s not listed on the IL, I’m assuming he’s going to get the start. But the Rays pitching is so good and deep, I like them in the series finale at home even if someone else is slotted in. The A’s have not been good against Tampa. They are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay.
Prediction: Tampa Bay
Full-Game Total Pick
I really like the over here. The Rays have been hitting very well in the month of June, averaging more than 5 runs per game. I don’t see Anderson, who got hit pretty hard last time out, being able to keep them below 5 runs. The A’s will score too, given the uncertainty of the Rays starting pitching. The over is 6-1 in Anderson’s last 7 starts following a quality start in his last appearance. Also, the over is 7-3-1 in Rays last 11 home games vs. a team with a losing record.