Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland A’s Odds & Pick

by | May 2, 2022 | mlb

Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics

Date: Monday, May 2nd, 9:40 ET

Location: T-Mobile Park

TV: NSCA

Money Line: Rays -160 / Athletics +134

Total Line: 7

STRAIGHT UP/ OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

Tampa Bay Rays: 12-10-0 SU / OU 9-13-0 / Run Line W/L 8-14-0
Oakland Athletics: 10-12-0 SU / OU 10-12-0 / Run Line W/L 11-11-0

STARTING PITCHING

Tampa Bay: Drew Rasmussen (1-1, 3.5)
Oakland: Daulton Jefferies (1-3, 3.26)

Rays Projected Lineup

RF Manuel Margot
RF Josh Lowe
LF Randy Arozarena
CF Kevin Kiermaier
C Mike Zunino
1B Yandy Díaz
1B Ji-Man Choi
2B Brandon Lowe
SS Wander Franco
P Drew Rasmussen

Athletics Projected Lineup

RF Billy McKinney
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Chad Pinder
2B Jed Lowrie
CF Cristian Pache
C Sean Murphy
1B Seth Brown
LF Tony Kemp
2B Sheldon Neuse
P Daulton Jefferies

The Oakland Athletics host the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, May 2nd, at T-Mobile Park. The first pitch in this matchup is scheduled for 9:40 ET. The MLB Odds Board places Tampa Bay as the favorite (-160), with an OU line set at 7.

Recent Form

The Rays will look to bounce back from a tough loss to Minnesota by the score of 9-3. This defeat came despite being favored at -130.0. Through 19 games as the favorite, the team has won at a rate of 58%. On their way to giving up 9 runs, the Tampa Bay pitching staff allowed a total of 13 hits. Offensively, the team generated a total of 8 hits of their own. Together, the Rays and Minnesota combined to surpass the over-under betting line set at 7.5 runs. Even with this game going over the total, Tampa Bay still has an over-under record of just 9-13-0.

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 -7. Tampa Bay has put together this record, despite averaging just 3.0 runs per game compared to their season average of 4.09. So far, Tampa Bay has won over half of their 7 series played, going 4-3-0.

The Athletics will be looking to move on from a tough loss to Cleveland by the score of 7-3. This loss came as no surprise, as Oakland went into the game as they were the underdog getting 108.0. So far, the team has gone into 6 games as the underdog, still finding the win column at a rate of 50.0%. For the game, Oakland’s staff gave up 7 runs, on 9 hits, while on offense, Oakland came up with 6 hits leading to 3 runs. In terms of the over-under, the Athletics and Cleveland combined to surpass the line of 7.0 runs. So far, Oakland has an over-under record of just 10-12-0.

The Athletics come into today’s game looking to turn things around, as they are just 1-4 over their last 5 games. During this time, the team has a run differential of -12. With their recent struggles, the offense has averaged 3.0 runs per game, compared to their season average of 3.82. Oakland has a below .500 series record of just 2-4-1.

Pitching Matchup

For the Rays, Drew Rasmussen gets the start. So far, he has put together a record of 1-1. To date, Rasmussen has an ERA of 3.5, while lasting an average of 4.5 innings per appearance. Opponents have a batting average of .203 against Rasmussen while averaging 1 homer per 9 innings pitched. On the season, Drew Rasmussen has had no problem racking up strikeouts, posting a strikeout percentage of 24.3%, while averaging 9.0 K’s per 9 innings. Leading into the game, he has shown a strong command of his pitches, averaging just 1.0 walks per contest.

For the Athletics, Daulton Jefferies gets the start. So far, he has put together a record of 1-3. Leading up to the game, Jefferies has an ERA of 3.26, while averaging 4.78 innings per outing. Opposing lineups have put together a combined batting average of 0.222 against Jefferies. In terms of power, the right-hander is giving up 0.93 homers per 9 innings pitched. Heading into today’s action, Daulton Jefferies is averaging 6.0 K’s per 9 innings. Throughout the season, his strong command has led to an average of just 1.25 walks per contest.

Tampa Bay vs Oakland History

So far, the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays have met up 4 times, with Oakland winning the season series 3-1. Through 4 games, the series’ over-under record is 3-1, with the average run total sitting at 5.14 runs per game. In these matchups, the average scoring differential sits at 4.25 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.

Betting Trends

  • Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 games following a loss.
  • Rays are 5-2 in their last 7 overall.
  • Athletics are 7-3 in their last 10 games following a loss.
  • Athletics are 2-5 in their last 7 games as an underdog.

Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics Prediction

With two right-handers on the mound, the Rays have been the better team against right-handed pitching, ranking 15th in runs scored and 11th in home runs. On the other side, the Athletics have hit just .215 against righties. Look for the Rays to up the win.

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