Athletics vs Rays Prediction - MLB Picks 4/7/23

Tampa Bay Rays (6-0) vs Oakland Athletics (2-4)

Game Info: Friday, April 7, 2023 at 6:40 pm (Tropicana Field)

Zach Eflin (1-0) (1.80) vs Ken Waldichuk (0-1) (9.53)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -225 / Oakland Athletics +188 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Oakland Athletics will travel to take on the Tampa Bay Rays from Tropicana Field this Friday. Tampa Bay won four of seven meetings in 2022, but Oakland did win their three meetings in central Florida.

Athletics Betting Preview

Oakland dropped to 2-4 after losing to Cleveland at home. The Athletics forced extras with a strong rally in the eighth, but they’d let the Guardians leave with a two-run victory, 6-4. The Oakland offense is scoring runs per game, while batting .201, with a .283 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 5.79 ERA, with a 1.55 WHIP. Jesus Aguilar hit his first homer with Oakland last time out, and he’s leading the team in hitting (.278) early on.  

Ken Waldichuk (0-1, 9.53 ERA, 4 Ks) will get the start for Oakland. The second-year lefty struggled in his debut versus the Angels, giving up nine hits en route to six runs and a loss. 

Rays Betting Preview

Tampa Bay comes in at 6-0 after sweeping Washington. The Rays pulled away from the Nats in the second half to remain undefeated with a five-run victory, 7-2. The Tampa offense is scoring runs per game, while batting .284, with a .348 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 2.00 ERA, with a 1.02 WHIP. Jose Siri has produced an RBI in each of his first five appearances, while Randy Arozarena has recorded a hit in the first six games.

Zach Eflin (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 5 Ks) will take the mound for Tampa. The former Phillies pitcher looked solid in his Rays debut, striking out five in as many innings en route to a win over Detroit. 

Oakland vs Tampa Bay Trends

Oakland is 3-3 against the spread this season, with a 3-2-1 over/under record. Tampa Bay is 6-0 ATS, with a 3-2-1 O/U record.

Corey's Free Pick

Tampa’s comes into what should be a lovely series to keep things going this weekend. The Rays have capitalized on a light start, and Oakland falls in line with another set of matchups they can visibly win. The A’s have a recent history of being pesky, but their lack of offense makes them a target each time out, and they’re even more vulnerable with Ken Waldichuk on the mound. Tampa should win comfortably, but roll with the over for a bit more security, with hosts capable of doing the heavy lifting.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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