Rays vs. A’s Odds & Best Bet 5/4/22

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Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Wednesday, May 4th, 03:37 ET
Location: T-Mobile Park
Money Line: Rays -110 / Athletics -110 (Everygame)
Total Line: OFF


Tampa Bay: Corey Kluber (1-1, 3.05)
Oakland: Frankie Montas (2-2, 4.25)

Rays Projected Lineup

CF Brett Phillips
SS Taylor Walls
CF Kevin Kiermaier
RF Manuel Margot
C Mike Zunino
1B Yandy Díaz
LF Randy Arozarena
2B Brandon Lowe
SS Wander Franco

Athletics Projected Lineup

SS Kevin Smith
SS Elvis Andrus
1B Seth Brown
LF Chad Pinder
CF Cristian Pache
C Sean Murphy
RF Stephen Piscotty
2B Tony Kemp
3B Sheldon Neuse


Tampa Bay Rays: 14-10-0 SU / OU 10-13-1 / Run Line W/L 10-14-0
Oakland Athletics: 10-14-0 SU / OU 11-12-1 / Run Line W/L 11-13-0

The Oakland Athletics host the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, May 4th at T-Mobile Park. The first pitch in this matchup is scheduled for 03:37 ET. The MLB Odds Board places Oakland as the favorite (-110), with an OU line set at OFF.

Recent Form

The Tampa Bay look to keep things rolling after taking down the Oakland by the score of 10-7. The Rays benefited from an offense that generated 10 runs on 14 hits. Heading into this game, Tampa Bay was the betting favorite at -124.0. Through 21 games as the favorite, the team has found the win column at a rate of 62.0%. With the OU line set at 7.0 runs, Rays and Oakland combined to go over this total. Even with this game going over the total, Tampa Bay still has an over-under record of just 10-13-1.

The Rays are looking to continue adding wins, as they are 3-2 over their last 5 games. However, even with an above .500 record in this stretch, their run differential sits at just -1. A key to their recent success has been an offense averaging 5.2 runs per game compared to their season average at 4.42. So far, Tampa Bay has won over half of their 8 series played, going 5-3-0.

The Oakland will be looking to move on from a tough loss to the Tampa Bay by the score of 10-7. Oakland’s pitching staff gave up 14 hits, leading to 10 runs for the Tampa Bay. Offensively, they finished with 7 runs on 10 hits. This loss came as no surprise, as Oakland went into the game as they were the underdog getting 114.0. So far, the team has gone into 6 games as the underdog, still finding the win column at a rate of 50.0%. In terms of the over-under, the Athletics and Tampa Bay combined to surpass the line of 7.0 runs. So far, Oakland has an over-under record of just 11-12-1.

The Athletics come into today’s game looking to turn things around, as they are just 0-5 over their last 5 games. During this time, the team has a run differential of -15. Even with their recent struggles, the offense has been steady, averaging 4.0 runs per game, right in line with their season average of 3.83. Oakland has a below .500 series record of just 2-5-1.

Pitching Matchup

For the Rays, Corey Kluber gets the start. So far, he has put together a record of 1-1. To date, Kluber has an ERA of 3.05, while lasting an average of 5.05 innings per appearance. Teams have been able to rack up runs against him, as he has a batting average allowed of 0.247. Despite opposing team’s finding success getting on base against Kluber, he has managed to keep the ball in the ballpark, allowing 0.87 home runs per 9 innings. Up to this point, Kluber’s has a strikeout percentage of 21.7% and a per 9 average of 8.0. Leading into the game, he has shown a strong command of his pitches, averaging just 1.25 walks per contest.

For the Athletics, Frankie Montas gets the start. So far, he has put together a record of 2-2. Leading up to the game, Montas is hoping to bring down an ERA of 4.25. So far, he is averaging 5.84 innings per outing. Even with a high ERA, Montas has been able to limit base runners, with a batting averge allowed of just 0.194. On average, opponents are averaging 1.21 home runs against the right-hander. A strength of Frankie Montas’s game is his ability to generate swings and misses, striking out batters at a rate of 26.5%. Throughout the season, his strong command has led to an average of just 1.6 walks per contest.

Tampa Bay vs Oakland History

So far, the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays have met up 6 times. Today’s game will be a rubber match for the two teams, as Tampa Bay and Oakland each have 3 wins. Through 5 games, the series’ over-under record is 4-1, with the average run total sitting at 5.14 runs per game. In these matchups, the average scoring differential sits at 4.17 runs. Dating back to last season, the Oakland picked up 4 wins compared to 3, taking the season series. In these 7 meetings, the two teams combined for an over-under record of 1-6. Last year, Oakland and Tampa Bay averaged 5.14 runs per game. On average, the winning team won by a margin of 1.43 runs per contest.

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Betting Trends

  • Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. American League West.
  • Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 road games.

Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics Prediction

In this matchup between Tampa and Oakland, I recommend taking the Rays to pick up the win. So far, Tampa Bay has the 4th rated scoring offense against right-handed pitching, with a slugging percentage of .400. Look for the team to take advantage of facing Frankie Montas. On the season, Montas has had trouble keeping the ball in the park.

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