Athletics vs Rays Prediction - MLB PIcks 4/9/23

Tampa Bay Rays (8-0) vs Oakland Athletics (2-6)

Game Info: Sunday, April 9, 2023 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Drew Rasmussen (1-0) (0.00) vs James Kaprielian (0-0) (9.00)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -286 / Oakland Athletics +210 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays face off on Sunday in an MLB showdown at Tropicana Field. The Rays have won the first two games of this series. 

Athletics Betting Preview

The A’s have gotten out to a slow start to the season and on Saturday it was again the offense that really let them down not scoring any goals. The pitching only gave up eight hits, but they could only manage three runs. On the mound for the A’s is James Kaprielian who sits with a 0-0 record overall and an ERA of 9.00. In his last start against Cleveland, he went five innings giving seven hits and five runs. Jace Peterson has been one of the bright spots hitting one home run and driving in five RBIs so far this year. 

Rays Betting Preview

The Rays have gotten out to a fast start to the season sitting with a perfect 8-0 record. On Saturday Brandon Lowe had a strong game finishing with one hit, three walks, three RBIs and four runs scored. On the mound for the Rays will be Drew Rasmussen who sits with an 1-0 record and an ERA of 0.00. In his last start against the Washington Nationals he went six innings giving up two hits and zero runs. If the offense is good here, the Rays are going to be in good shape. 

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Athletics vs Rays Trends

Rays are 8-0 in their last 8 overall. Rays are 7-0 in their last 7 games following a win. Rays are 6-0 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 5 runs or more in their previous game. Athletics are 0-6 in Kaprielians last 6 starts vs. American League East. Athletics are 1-6 in their last 7 overall.

Shane’s Free Pick

The A’s have struggled in Kaprielian’s starts dating back to last season and it’s going to continue here. The Rays offense has looked good to start the season and they are going to find success again in this game. The A’s will struggle against Rasmussen, and the Rays will get the job done. Back the Rays -1.5. 

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