Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics, first game of the series. The two team have positive records. This first game of the series is expected to be tight. The Athletics arrive at this new one after sweeping the Orioles and after leaving a losing streak at home. On the other hand the Rays recently fell to the Yankees but had won against the Red Sox previously.
Oakland Athletics: Positive at home.
The Athletics are inspired at home. The record is now positive with 22 wins and only 17 defeats this season at home. The last series was an important victory at home. The Orioles lost 3-0 against the Athletics. Prior to the series against the Orioles, the team lost to the Mariners and suffered a losing streak of six games at home. 4-6 in the last ten games at home until now.
At home the Athletics are scoring an average of 4.56 runs per game, 3.28 walks, 8.05 hits, 1.46 home runs, 13.36 left on base. The defense allows up to 4.08 runs per game, 3.51 walks, 8.15 strike outs, 7.87 hits, 0.95 home runs and 14.26 left on base. In the series against the Orioles, the team scored 27 runs in three games.
Frankie Montas will open this series tonight. Montas has been a key player for the Athletics this season. So far 9-2 in 14 games as a starter. 2.85 ERA, 82 pitched innings, 76 hits, 33 runs, 6 home runs, 88 strike outs, 1,183 WHIP. Montas’ last home win was against the Mariners 11-2 in the only win of that series.
Tampa Bay Rays: We’re fine.
The Rays have a good record on the road with 23 wins and only 13 losses so far. In the last series on the road they could not do anything against the Yankees. The team lost 0-3. Before the last three losses, the Rays had barely lost three games in the last ten. Since the beginning of the season on the road, the Rays have played well and have been strong against the most difficult teams in the league.
On the road the Rays are scoring an average of 4.47 runs per game. 3.42 walks, 9.00 hits, 1.25 home runs, 15.89 left on base. The defense has a record of 3.33 runs per game, 2.83 walks, 9.53 strike outs, 7.11 hits, 0.78 home runs, 13.50 left on base. In the series against the Yankees, the team received 21 runs in three games.
Charlie Morton will be on the mount tonight. He’s the best pitcher the Rays have this season. 8-1 in 15 games as a starter. 2.37 ERA, 87.1 pitched innings, 59 hits, 25 runs, 6 home runs, 107 strike outs, 1,031 WHIP. The last victory of Morton on the road was against the Tigers 4-0.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics 06/20/2019 is: take the Oakland Athletics -104 (Moneyline).
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