Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics 8/5/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 8/4/2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 10:05 PM on SUN, CSCA
O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
Tampa Bay Rays - Smyly, D (6-9) vs. Oakland Athletics - Hammel, J (0-4)
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On Tuesday night, Drew Smyly (6-9) will be making his first start for the Tampa Bay Rays when he takes on right-hander Jason Hammel (0-4) and the Oakland Athletics.
In his last start for the Detroit Tigers, Drew Smyly pitched five innings against the Chicago White Sox and ended up with a no decision. He allowed four runs on 11 hits in that game while striking out two batters and walking no one. In 21 starts, he has a 3.93 ERA this season and he has struck out 89 batters in 105.1 innings.
A's outfielder Brandon Moss has two hits in five at-bats versus Smyly with two home runs and four RBI. All-Star Josh Donaldson is 3-for-4 against him in his career with a double and a home run.
Jason Hammel lost for the fourth game in a row last Wednesday when he was defeated by the Houston Astros on the road. In that game, he allowed eight runs in 4.1 innings while walking three and striking out four. In four starts since being traded to the A's, Hammel is 0-4 with a 9.53 ERA and he has given up 26 hits in 17 innings.
One player on the Rays who has done very well against Hammel in his career is James Loney, who is 12-for-38 against him with three doubles, three home runs and nine RBI.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Rays are 53-52-5 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Tampa Bay Rays is 0
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics are 54-48-7 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Oakland Athletics is 1.5
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
07/18/14 C Ryan Hanigan Oblique 15-day DL (7/9)
06/24/14 LF Jerry Sands Wrist 15-day DL (6/22), out for season
06/19/14 LF David DeJesus Hand 15-day DL (6/19)
06/01/14 RF Wil Myers Wrist 60-day DL (5/31)
04/08/14 P Matt Moore Elbow 60-day DL (4/8), out for season
03/30/14 2B Tim Beckham Knee 60-day DL (3/30)
08/03/14 CF Coco Crisp Neck questionable
08/03/14 2B Nick Punto Hamstring 15-day DL
07/29/14 CF Craig Gentry Hand 15-day DL (7/28)
06/24/14 1B Kyle Blanks Calf 15-day DL (6/23)
04/04/14 SS Jake Elmore Quad 60-day DL (3/28)
03/30/14 P A.J. Griffin Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Fernando Rodriguez Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/20), out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Tampa Bay
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