Oakland Athletics vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 4/14/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2022
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Oakland (+180) Tampa Bay (-220)
The Oakland Athletics (2-3) are traveling to Tropicana Field on Thursday where they will try to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays (4-1). The odds on this game have the Athletics at +180 while the Rays are at -220. The over/under is set at 8. The men taking the mound are Cole Irvin and Brooks Raley.
Oakland has a slugging % of .423 and have been called out on strikes 47 times, while taking a walk on 16 occasions. They have compiled 29 RBI's and 41 hits for the season, and their batting average is at .234. The Athletics have compiled 7 two-baggers as a team and have smacked 8 balls out of the stadium. They have racked up 32 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .313. As a team, the Oakland Athletics are recording 6.4 runs per contest, which puts them at 2nd in MLB.
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The Athletics are sitting with a team ERA of 5.00 so far this season (24th in the league), and they have struck out 46 hitters. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.19 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.46. Athletics pitchers have allowed 8 home runs and 25 total runs (23rd in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 21 opposing hitters and their FIP is 4.84 as a unit for the year.
Athletics relief pitchers have entered the game with runners on base 6 times in addition to having 7 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have tallied 3 holds this season (15th in the league). The Athletics bullpen have a save rate of 0.0% and has stepped onto the mound in 4 save situations. They have recorded 0 saves on the campaign and have blown 1 of 1 save opportunities. The relief pitchers have inherited 6 base runners for the season and 16.7% of those runners earned a run for their team. The Athletics have sent 20 relief pitchers to the hill this year.
The Athletics have converted 68.6% of baseballs in play into outs out of 393 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 22nd in MLB. The Oakland Athletics have 131 putouts on the year, in addition to 40 assists and 4 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .977 which ranks 27th in professional baseball, and they have twisted 2 double plays.
Irvin (12-18 career record) holds a FIP of 4.59 while he has gone up against 996 opposing hitters during his time in the major leagues. He has allowed 258 base hits (10.1 hits per nine innings) and has had 57 free passes. His earned run average is 4.79 (122 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.376. Irvin has taken the mound for 229 innings and has earned 164 strikeouts so far in his career.
Tampa Bay has hit 5 home runs on the campaign and 26 RBIs. They have tallied 10 two-baggers, while walking 20 times as well as putting up 26 runs. The Tampa Bay Rays have a team OBP of .352 as well as a team batting average of .284 over the course of the season. The Rays have a slugging percentage of .456 and they have an average of 5.20 runs per game (7th in baseball). They have been called out on strikes on 46 occasions (14th in baseball) and have totaled 48 base hits.
The Tampa Bay pitching staff have conceded 25 runs over the course of the season while holding an ERA of 4.11 (21 earned runs yielded). They have allowed 7 homers and they surrender 4.89 runs per 9 innings (20th in the league). The Rays hold a team WHIP of 1.370 and have a FIP of 4.36 as a squad so far this season. Their K/BB ratio is 2.52 (53 strikeouts against 21 free passes). They are currently ranked 25th in baseball as a staff in total hits conceded with 42.
With 8 save situations, the Rays have amassed 4 holds in addition to 2 blown saves. Tampa Bay has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the contest in 4 save chances and they have come away with 2 saves. Their relief pitchers have taken the field 6 times in high leverage situations and also on 9 occasions with runners on. Tampa Bay bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 8.3% out of their 12 inherited runners. They rank 21st in the league holding a save percentage of 50.0%, and they have sent 23 relievers onto the field for the season.
The Tampa Bay Rays have turned 4 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .983 (14th in professional baseball). The Rays have racked up 40 assists, 3 errors and are sitting with 138 putouts this year. In 414 innings played, the Rays have earned a defensive efficiency of 68.0% (23rd in baseball).
Raley (3-6 career mark) has a 5.60 ERA and has allowed 8.4 hits per 9 innings. His K/BB ratio is 3.00 and he has faced 467 batters so far in his career. He has surrendered 67 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.310 and a FIP of 4.4. In his MLB career, Raley has given up 100 hits while earning 123 K's in 107 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-220)
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