Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics - 5/2/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics - 5/2/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Athletics (10-11) vs Tampa Bay Rays (12-9)

Game Info: Monday, May 2, 2022 at 9:40 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

Daulton Jefferies (1-3) (3.26) vs Drew Rasmussen (1-1) (3.50)

Betting Odds: Oakland Athletics +143 / Tampa Bay Rays -155 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics face off on Monday in an MLB showdown at the RingCentral Coliseum.

The Rays come into this game with a 12-10 record overall but they have lost two games in a row. In each of the last two games the pitching staff has really struggled giving up nine runs in each of the last two games. For the most part this season the pitching staff has been strong, and it needs to be better in this game. Wander Franco has been the top player for Tampa Bay hitting four home runs and driving in 13 RBIs. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Oakland Athletics who sit with a 10-12 record overall but they have lost three games in a row. Over the last two games, the A’s have scored only four runs total, and they need to get the offense going here. Sean Murphy has been the top offensive player hitting four home runs and driving in four RBIs. 

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Getting the start for the Rays will be Drew Rasmussen and he sits with a 1-1 record and an ERA of 3.50. In his last start against the Mariners, he went six innings giving up two hits and zero runs. 

On the mound for the Oakland Athletics will be Daulton Jefferies who sits with a 1-3 record and an ERA of 3.26. In his last start against San Francisco, Jefferies went four innings giving up four hits and five runs.

The A’s are 1-4 in their last five home games. The over is 13-3-2 in the A’s last 18 during Game 1 of the series. The over is 4-1-1 in the Rays last six games played on Monday. The under is 5-1-1 in the Rays last seven games against a team with a losing record. 

Jefferies ERA is only 3.26 but he has a 1-3 record, and that’s because he hasn’t gotten a ton of run support. The A’s bats come into this game ice cold and they are going to really struggle to score again in this game. In Rasmussen's last start he gave up zero runs in six innings, and he will slow down the A’s bats here. Back the Rays on the money line.

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