Athletics vs Rays Prediction - MLB Picks 4/8/23

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

Game Info: Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 4:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Jeffrey Springs (1-0) (0.00) vs Shintaro Fujinami (0-1) (30.86)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -294 / Oakland Athletics +215 --- 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 took game one after erupting early, 9-5.

Athletics Betting Preview

Oakland dropped to 2-5 after losing to Tampa Bay yesterday. The Athletics fell behind early, and will look to avoid another start here Saturday. The Oakland offense is scoring 3.85 runs per game, while batting .221, with a .295 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 2.43 ERA, with a 1.08 WHIP. Jesus Aguilar has recorded a hit in four of the last five games, and he’s leading the team in hitting (.273) early on. Tony Kemp has produced a RBI in three of the last four games.

Shintaro Fujinami (0-1, 30.86 ERA, 4 Ks) will get the start for Oakland. The first-year pitcher will look to avenge an erratic MLB debut after giving up eight runs in less than three innings against the Angels last weekend. 

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Rays Betting Preview

Tampa Bay comes in at 7-0 after dispatching Oakland yesterday. The Rays kept things going with another fast start, and they’ll look to make it eight straight here. The Tampa offense is scoring 7.57 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 (2 HR, 8 RBI) has produced an RBI in each of his first five appearances, while Randy Arozarena (.360) has recorded a hit in the first seven games.

Jeffrey Springs (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 12 Ks) will take the mound for Tampa. The sixth-year lefty had a tremendous opening to the 2023 season, striking out twelve over six shutout innings against Detroit on Sunday. 

Oakland vs Tampa Bay Trends

Oakland is 3-4 against the spread this season, with a 4-2-1 over/under record. Tampa Bay is 7-0 ATS, with a 4-2-1 O/U record.

Corey's Free Pick

Tampa enters game two in even better of a position to come out on top. The Rays carry distinctive advantages at the plate and on the mound in this one, and they should have little trouble making it eight straight wins here. Now with the run line so juiced due to the expected outcome, I like the value on the over here in hopes of Tampa Bay doing the heavy lifting at Tropicana.

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