Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics Expert MLB Picks 6/20/2019
Thursday, June 20, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Charlie Morton vs. Frankie Montas
Oakland Coliseum is the site where Matt Chapman and the Oakland Athletics (38-36, 3rd in AL West) will play the Tampa Bay Rays (43-30, 2nd in AL East) on Thursday. The Rays open this matchup at -104 while the Athletics are coming in at -106. The total has been set at 8.5.
The Rays have been great for wagerers, having gone 43-30-0 SU. The Athletics cover 51.3% of the time, going 38-36-0 straight up. The Athletics have been a strong play for baseball bettors as the favorite, going 26-20-0 SU. Tampa Bay covers 60.0% of the time as an underdog, having gone 9-6-0 straight up.
Valuable Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Rays have been a great Under choice for over/under MLB wagerers, having gone 29-39-5.
The Rays cover 65.7% of the time as the away team, having gone 23-12-0 straight up.
Important Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
Oakland covers 58.3% of the time at Oakland Coliseum, going 21-15-0 SU.
The Athletics have been a solid Under choice for over/under MLB wagerers, having gone 36-38-0.
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
6/18/2019 Yandy Diaz 3B Hamstring Probable for Jun 19
6/18/2019 Leon Jose De Leon SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jun 19
6/14/2019 Anthony Bemboom C Knee Expected to be out until at least Jun 20
6/13/2019 Christian Arroyo 3B Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jun 23
6/11/2019 Tyler Glasnow SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Jul 12
5/30/2019 Matt Duffy 3B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Jul 15
4/23/2019 Anthony Banda SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 1
4/2/2019 Jose Mujica SP Elbow Out for the season
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
6/18/2019 Marco Estrada SP Back Expected to be out until at least Jul 12
6/18/2019 Nick Hundley C Knee Expected to be out until at least Aug 5
6/16/2019 Sean Manaea SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Jul 20
6/10/2019 Jharel Cotton RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 1
6/7/2019 Chris Herrmann C Knee Expected to be out until at least Jun 20
5/15/2019 Daniel Gossett RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rays have a 43-30 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Charlie Morton has a 8-1 record with an earned run average of 2.37 and a WHIP of 1.03 this season. He has 107 strikeouts over his 87.1 innings pitched and he's given up 59 hits. He's allowed 6.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.88. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.46 and they have given up 286 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the bullpen and they've struck out 323 hitters and walked 121 batters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 7.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 3.07. The Rays pitchers collectively have given up 534 base hits and 225 earned runs. They have allowed 66 home runs this season, ranking them 30th in the league. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 211 batters and struck out 694. They have walked 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.13 and their FIP as a unit is 3.44.
As a team Tampa Bay is hitting .260, good for 7th in the league. The Rays hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .333, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 9.0 hits per game. Austin Meadows is hitting .314 with an on-base percentage of .390. He has 66 hits this season in 210 at bats with 38 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .571 and an OPS+ of 155. Brandon Lowe is hitting .285 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .341. He has totaled 68 hits and he has driven in 44 men in 239 at bats. His OPS+ is 133 while his slugging percentage is at .544. The Rays have 657 hits, including 127 doubles and 93 home runs. Tampa Bay has walked 245 times so far this season and they have struck out 687 times as a unit. They have left 533 men on base and have a team OPS of .766. They score 4.64 runs per contest and have scored a total of 339 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Oakland has a 38-36 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.85, Frankie Montas has a 9-2 record and a 1.18 WHIP. He has 88 strikeouts over the 82 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 76 hits. He's allowing 8.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.89. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.34 and they have given up 253 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .240 against the Athletics bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 271 batters and walked 116 opposing hitters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.8 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 4.19. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 615 base knocks and 316 earned runs this season. They have given up 87 home runs this year, which ranks 24th in Major League Baseball. Oakland as a staff has walked 253 hitters and struck out 586 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.28 while their FIP as a staff is 4.37.
As a team, they are batting .247, good for 18th in the league. The Athletics hold a .437 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. Matt Chapman comes into this matchup batting .257 with an OBP of .342. He has 72 hits this year along with 37 RBI in 280 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .504 with an OPS+ of 128. Marcus Semien is hitting .280 this season and he has an OBP of .365. He has collected 84 hits in 300 at bats while driving in 37 runs. He has an OPS+ of 122 and a slugging percentage of .447. The Athletics as a unit have 641 base hits, including 130 doubles and 115 homers. Oakland has walked 249 times this year and they have struck out on 583 occasions. They have had 499 men left on base and have an OPS of .757. They have scored 5.03 runs per game and totaled 377 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rays/Athletics MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Athletics -106
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