Rays vs. Athletics Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Tuesday, May 28, 2024

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The Oakland Athletics (22-33) enter Tuesday’s matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays (26-28) following their 1-2 series defeat to the Astros. The Rays, coming off of a series loss against the Royals, are listed as -175 favorites for Game 1. The series begins at Tropicana Field, starting at 6:50 PM ET on NBCS-CA.

Zack Littell will get the ball for Tampa Bay while Oakland will counter with Mitch Spence.

Rays vs. Athletics Odds

  • Rays odds to win: -175
  • Athletics odds to win: +149
  • Spread: Rays -1.5
  • Total: 7.5 runs
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    Game Time and Information

  • Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2024
  • Time: 6:50 PM ET
  • TV: NBCS-CA
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    Rays and Athletics Betting Trends

    The Rays are 16-18 in games they were favored on the moneyline (winning 47.1% of those games).

    Tampa Bay has gone 1-3 (winning just 25% of its games) when it has played as moneyline favorites of -175 or shorter.

    This season, the Athletics have won 15 out of the 45 games, or 33.3%, in which they’ve been the underdog.

    Oakland is 8-15 this season when entering a game as the underdog by +149 or more on the moneyline.

    The Rays have played in 54 games with an over/under set, and have combined with their opponents to go over the total 28 times (28-25-1).

    So far this season, the Athletics and their opponents have hit the over in 25 of their 54 games with a total.

    Rays Stats & Insights

    The Rays are the 22nd-highest scoring team in MLB action averaging four runs per game (214 total).

    Tampa Bay has hit the second-fewest home runs in MLB action this season (43).

    The Rays have the 19th-ranked batting average in the majors (.235).

    Tampa Bay strikes out 8.9 times per game to rank 24th in MLB.

    The Rays pitching staff ranks 16th in the majors with a collective 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings.

    Tampa Bay’s 4.38 team ERA ranks 24th across all MLB pitching staffs.

    Athletics Stats & Insights

    The Athletics have scored 206 runs (just 3.7 per game) this season, which ranks 26th in MLB.

    Oakland’s 68 home runs rank third in Major League Baseball.

    The Athletics rank 28th in MLB with a team batting average of just .223.

    Oakland ranks just 29th in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 9.7 whiffs per contest.

    The Athletics strike out just 7.8 batters per nine innings as a pitching staff, which ranks 28th in MLB.

    Oakland has pitched to a 4.37 ERA this season, which ranks 23rd in baseball.

    Rays Key Players to Watch

    Littell makes the start for the Rays, his 11th of the season. He is 2-2 with a 3.42 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings pitched.

    Isaac Paredes leads Tampa Bay in batting average (.301), home runs (nine) and runs batted in (29) this season.

    Yandy Diaz is batting .249 with an OBP of .316 and a slugging percentage of .354 this season.

    Jose Caballero has 42 hits this season and a slash line of .259/.316/.364.

    Amed Rosario is batting .281 with an OBP of .294 and a slugging percentage of .394 this season.

    Athletics Key Players to Watch

    The Athletics will send Spence to the mound for his third start of the season.

    JJ Bleday is hitting .240 with 15 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 21 walks.

    Brent Rooker’s 11 home runs, 34 runs batted in and .286 batting average are all team-highs.

    Abraham Toro is batting .278 with 11 doubles, a triple, five home runs and nine walks.

    Shea Langeliers’ 11 home runs pace his team.

    Rays and Athletics Injuries

    Rays: Josh Lowe: 10 Day IL (Side), Colin Poche: 15 Day IL (Back), Zach Eflin: 15 Day IL (Back), Taylor Walls: 60 Day IL (Hip), Drew Rasmussen: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Shane McClanahan: 60 Day IL (Forearm), Jacob Waguespack: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Jeffrey Springs: 60 Day IL (Elbow)

    Athletics: Esteury Ruiz: 10 Day IL (Wrist), Alex Wood: 15 Day IL (Rotator cuff), Paul Blackburn: 15 Day IL (Foot), Ross Stripling: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Joseph Boyle: 15 Day IL (Back), Ken Waldichuk: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Trevor Gott: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Freddy Tarnok: 60 Day IL (Hip), Sean Newcomb: 60 Day IL (Knee), Luis Medina: 60 Day IL (Knee), Darell Hernaiz: 60 Day IL (Ankle), Austin Adams: day-to-day (Neck)

    Rays vs. Athletics Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Rays 5, Athletics 4
  • Total Prediction: Over 7.5 runs
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