Rays vs. Athletics Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Friday, April 7, 2023

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Rays vs. Athletics Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Friday, April 7, 2023

MLB Predictions

The Tampa Bay Rays (6-0) will vie for their seventh straight victory when they host the Oakland Athletics (2-4) on Friday at 6:40 PM ET on BSSUN. The Rays are listed as -272 favorites by oddsmakers, while the Athletics are +223 underdogs.

Tampa Bay’s Zach Eflin gets the start, and he’ll go against Oakland’s Ken Waldichuk.

Rays vs. Athletics Odds

  • Rays odds to win: -272
  • Athletics odds to win: +223
  • Spread: Rays -1.5
  • Total: 7.5 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Friday, April 7, 2023
  • Time: 6:40 PM ET

Who Will Win Rays vs. Athletics?

Rays and Athletics Betting Trends

The Rays have not yet lost a game they were the moneyline favorite this season, going 6-0.

Tampa Bay has ynot played as moneyline favorites of -272 or shorter.

The Athletics have entered the game as underdogs six times this season and won twice.

Oakland has not entered a game this season as a bigger underdog on the moneyline than the +223 odds on it winning this game.

The Rays have combined with opponents to go over the total three times this season for a 3-2-1 record against the over/under.

The Athletics and their opponents have gone over the total this season in three of their six opportunities.

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Rays Stats & Insights

The Rays are the top-scoring team in MLB play averaging 7.3 runs per game (44 total).

Tampa Bay is third-best in MLB action with 13 total home runs.

The Rays’ .284 batting average is fifth-best in the majors.

Tampa Bay strikes out 7.3 times per game to rank second in MLB.

The pitching staff for the Rays has a collective 8.5 K/9, which ranks 18th in MLB.

Tampa Bay’s 2.00 team ERA ranks second across all MLB pitching staffs.

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Athletics Stats & Insights

The Athletics rank 24th in the league with 22 total runs scored this season.

Oakland’s six home runs rank 18th in Major League Baseball.

The Athletics have a team batting average of just .201 this season, which ranks 28th among MLB teams.

Oakland ranks 11th in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 8.7 Ks per contest.

The Athletics have a 7.6 K/9 this season as a pitching staff, which ranks 25th in the majors.

Oakland pitchers have a combined ERA of 5.79 ERA this year, which ranks 27th in MLB.

Rays Key Players to Watch

Eflin (1-0) makes the start for the Rays, his second of the season.

Wander Franco leads Tampa Bay with a batting average of .417. He’s also hit two home runs with seven RBI.

Yandy Diaz has collected six hits this season and has an OBP of .455. He’s slugging .722 on the year.

Randy Arozarena has collected eight base hits, an OBP of .462 and a slugging percentage of .636 this season.

Jose Siri is a key run producer for Tampa Bay with a .333 average, two homers and eight RBI.

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Athletics Key Players to Watch

The Athletics will send Waldichuk to the mound for his second start of the season.

Tony Kemp is batting .227 with a double and five walks.

Esteury Ruiz is hitting .211 with three doubles and three walks.

Ramon Laureano has racked up a team-best two home runs.

Jesus Aguilar is batting .278 to pace his team.

Rays and Athletics Injuries

Rays: Tyler Glasnow: 15 Day IL (Oblique), Shane Baz: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Shawn Armstrong: 15 Day IL (Neck), Andrew Kittredge: 60 Day IL (Elbow)

Athletics: Manny Piña: 10 Day IL (Wrist), Drew Rucinski: 15 Day IL (Undisclosed), Freddy Tarnok: 15 Day IL (Undisclosed), Paul Blackburn: 15 Day IL (Finger), Kirby Snead: 60 Day IL (Shoulder)

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Rays vs. Athletics Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Rays 4, Athletics 3
  • Total Prediction: Under 7.5 runs
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