Oakland Athletics at Tampa Bay Rays - 4/14/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Oakland Athletics at Tampa Bay Rays - 4/14/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays (4-2) vs Oakland Athletics (3-3)

Game Info: Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Josh Fleming (0-0) (0.00) vs Cole Irvin (0-1) (6.75)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -200 / Oakland Athletics +165 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oakland Athletics will play the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Thursday afternoon.

The Oakland Athletics have won two of the first three games of the series, including a 4-2 win on Wednesday. Oakland scored three runs in the 3rd inning and was able to hang onto the win. Oakland out hit Tampa Bay by a total of 8-5. Frankie Montas earned the victory after throwing 6.1 innings and striking out 6. Sean Murphy led the Athletics attack after going 2-3 with 3 RBI and a walk.

The Oakland Athletics are 3-3 this season and will look to go over the .500 mark here. The Oakland pitching staff has a 4.95 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and a .249 opponent batting average. The Athletics offense has scored 32 runs with a .234 batting average and .313 on base percentage. Tony Kemp has led the Oakland offense with a .333 batting average and Seth Brown leads the A’s with 8 RBI. The projected starter for Oakland is Cole Irvin, who has a 6.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP on the season.

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The Tampa Bay Rays are 4-2 this season and swept the Orioles in their first series of the season. The Tampa Bay pitching staff owns a 4.11 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and a .240 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 26 runs with a .284 batting average and a .352 on base percentage. Ji-Man Choi has led the Rays offense with a .562 batting average, 2 home runs, and 6 RBI. The projected starter for Tampa Bay is Josh Fleming, who is 1-0 with 0.00 ERA and 0.90 WHIP on the year.

Oakland is 0-4 in their last 4 games as a road underdog when Irvin is pitching. Tampa Bay is 1-5 in their last 6 games during game 4 of a series. The under is 5-0-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 6 Thursday games. The under is 12-5 in these two teams last 17 head to head meetings.

Tampa Bay comes into this game as a pretty heavy favorite and has the pitching advantage in this game. Cole Irvin struggled in his first start this season and will face a good Rays team. I do like Tampa Bay to win, but I am taking the over in this game.

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