Rays at Athletics 10/2/19 - MLB Betting Picks & Odds
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics
MLB: 8:00 PM EST
Oct. 02, 2019
Latest Odds : OAK -140 O/U 8
On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Rays visit the Oakland Athletics in the American League wildcard game with the winner moving on and the loser going home for the winter. Tampa Bay lost its last two regular season games including the final game 8-3 to the Toronto Blue Jays. Nevertheless, the Rays were first or second in the American League East nearly all season battling the New York Yankees for the division title.
Oakland enters the postseason coming off a 3-1 loss to Seattle in the regular season finale in a game that was meaningless as the A’s had already secured home field advantage for the wildcard game. Oakland has a strong offense with the capability of putting pushing plenty of runs across the plate at any time during the game has a capable pitching staff to keep opposing teams close late into game.
During the regular season Austin Meadows led Tampa Bay with a .293 batting average, in home runs with 33 and in RBIs with 89. Tommy Pham led in hits with 154. As a team, Tampa Bay averaged .255 at the plate. On Wednesday, the Rays will send Charlie Morton to the mound. The right-hander this season was 16-6 with an ERA of 3.05, 240 Ks and 57 BBs.
During the regular season Marcus Semien led Oakland with a .286 batting average. Matt Chapman led in home runs with 36 while Semien led in RBIs with 92 and in hits with 187. As a team, the A’s averaged .249 at the plate. Oakland has not yet announced its starting pitcher for Wednesday’s wildcard showdown with Tampa Bay.
Recent Betting Trends:
Tampa Bay is 37-18 in its last 55
The OVER has cashed in 15 of the Rays last 21 versus an opponent with a winning record
Oakland is 45-21 in its last 66 at home
The UNDER has cashed in each of the A’s last 6
Free Betting Pick: Oakland Athletics -140
Oakland has the ability to score in bunches with hitters like Marcus Semien, Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Ramon Laureano and slugger Khris Davis. Tampa Bay will have its ace Charlie Morton on the mound, but the Rays have had problems stringing runs together. Oakland has won 13 of its last 16 at home versus an opponent with a winning record and 20 of its last 28 versus a right-hander. Final Score Prediction, Oakland Athletics win 4-2