Oakland A’s (89-58) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (80-65)
MLB: Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 7:10 PM ET (Tropicana Field)
Pitchers: Edwin Jackson (5-3, 3.26 ERA) vs. Diego Castillo (3-2, 3.45 ERA)
Lines & Odds: Oakland A’s +110/ Tampa Bay Rays -120 – O/U- 8.5
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The Tampa Bay Rays are hoping for a miracle in order to get one of the two AL Wild Card spots, but first they host the Oakland A’s at home. The A’s are trailing the New York Yankees by 1 1/2 games to get the top wild card spot.
Oakland A’s Betting News
The Oakland A’s are coming off a disappointing 5-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. However, they are only a game and a half behind the New York Yankees for the top AL Wild Card spot, so these next couple of weeks are going to be critical for the surging A’s. The starting pitcher for tonight’s game is Edwin Jackson (RHP). In Jackson’s last start against the Texas Rangers, he allowed four runs off of five hits through three innings. Jackson’s inning count fluctuates greatly, but he usually averages around five to six innings per game. This means that the A’s bullpen will likely be a big factor in tonight’s game. The A’s offense will likely have a big game today, led by Kris Davis and Matt Chapman. Davis currently leads the team in home runs and runs batted in, while Chapman leads the team in batting average.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting News
The Tampa Bay Rays are coming off of an impressive 3-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians, who are one of the best teams in the American League. However, they are still behind in the AL Wild Card race, and will need a miracle in order to get to one of the top two spots. This means that the next couple of weeks for the Rays will be absolutely critical. The starting pitcher for tonight’s game is Diego Castillo (RHP). In Castillo’s last start against the Cleveland Indians (in a relief appearance), he allowed one run off of one hit through two innings. Castillo is a relief pitcher, so it should be interesting to see what the Rays’ pitching strategy is going to be for tonight’s game. The Rays’ offense is led by C.J. Cron and Mallex Smith. Cron currently leads the team in home runs and runs batted in, while Smith leads the team in batting average.
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Oakland is 8-2 SU in last 10 games
Oakland’s current road record is 43-29
Oakland’s current streak is L1
Tampa Bay is 8-2 SU in last 10 games
Tampa Bay’s current home record is 46-25
Tampa Bay’s current streak is W1
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This is an extremely important game for both teams when it comes to the AL Wild Card race. While the Rays are surging and are looking to continue their streak in order to get a spot, the A’s will likely get the win tonight in order to move closer to the top AL Wild Card spot. The A’s offense has been extremely impressive the last couple couple of weeks, and will likely cause the Rays pitching a lot of problems.
Pick: Oakland A’s -8