Oakland Athletics vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction MLB Picks 5/30/24

Tampa Bay Rays (27-29) vs Oakland Athletics (23-34)

Game Info: Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Shawn Armstrong (1-1) (3.91) vs Kyle Muller (0-1) (3.48)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -140 / Oakland Athletics +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate an Oakland Athletics vs Tampa Bay Rays prediction for this MLB game on Thursday, May 30th at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. To formulate this prediction for game three in the series, we will examine:

  • The Athletics recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Rays recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Oakland
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Tampa Bay
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Oakland and Tampa Bay
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Oakland and Tampa Bay

Oakland Goes for Rare Series Win 

The Oakland Athletics are 23-34 this season and they have alternated wins and losses over their last nine games. Oakland won game one in this series by a score of 3-0, but dropped game two on Wednesday. Prior to this series, the Athletics lost two out of three against Houston, won two out of three against Colorado, and were swept by the Royals. Oakland has lost 12 of their last 16 games and they are fourth in the AL West behind Seattle, Texas, and Houston. 

The Oakland pitching staff has a 4.29 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and a .255 opponent batting average. The Athletics offense has scored 212 runs with a .222 batting average and a .295 on base percentage. Brent Rooker is batting .281 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI’s for the Athletics this season. Oakland is 27th in the MLB in runs scored and they have scored three runs or fewer in five straight games. 

Tampa Bay Goes for Second Straight Win 

The Tampa Bay Rays are 27-29 this year and they have lost seven of their last nine games. Tampa Bay was shutout in the game one loss, but they won game two by a score of 4-3 on Wednesday. Prior to this series, the Rays lost two out of three against Kansas City, were swept by Boston, and won two out of three against Toronto. Tampa Bay is currently fourth in the AL East behind New York, Baltimore, and Boston. 

The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 4.25 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and a .242 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 218 runs with a .234 batting average and a .307 on base percentage. Randy Arozarena is batting .161 with eight home runs and 18 RBI’s for the Rays this season. Tampa Bay is 25th in runs scored this year and they have scored three runs or fewer in five of their last nine games. 

Starting Pitchers

The projected starting pitcher for Oakland is Kyle Muller, who is 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over 33.2 innings pitched this season. Muller has allowed one earned run in his last six innings of work and has not pitched more than 4.0 innings in the last two months. The projected starting pitcher for Tampa Bay is Shawn Armstrong, who is 1-1 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 25.1 innings pitched this season. Armstrong has allowed one earned run in his last 6.0 innings of work and will be the opener. 

Why the Tampa Bay Rays will win

The Athletics have lost each of their last seven games against American League opponents following a road loss.The Rays have won 15 of their last 16 Thursday day games against teams that held a losing record.The Athletics have failed to cover the run line in seven of their last eight games following a road loss.The Rays have led after 3 innings in each of their last five Thursday games.

Total Runs Facts

Each of the Athletics' last four games against American League opponents have gone UNDER the total runs line.Four of the Rays' last five day games against AL West opponents have gone UNDER the total runs line.The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Rays' last four games.The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Athletics' last four games against AL East opponents.

Oakland Athletics vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction 

Tampa Bay was able to get the win on Wednesday night, but they played pretty poorly on the base paths and should have scored a few more runs. The Rays have not played well over the last two weeks and they are just 16-18 at home this season. Oakland started the season playing pretty well, but the last month has been a disaster. The Athletics are having issues pitching and hitting and I don’t trust them at all. My Oakland Athletics vs Tampa Bay Rays prediction is for the Rays to get the win. 

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

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