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MLB Game Preview - Athletics underdogs vs Rays at Tampa Bay

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May 4, 7:10 PM | TurfTropicana Field

Oakland Athletics vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds

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Tropicana Field hosts an MLB battle between the Tampa Bay Rays and the visiting Oakland Athletics on Friday.

The Rays will rely on David Price to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Tyson Ross will be his counterpart for the Athletics. David Price is 4-1 this season, and Tyson Ross is 1-1.

View Oakland vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Rays in this one will find them as -205 favorites on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 7 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
The Rays sit at No. 8 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Athletics sit at an American League No. 14 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Tampa Bay's American League No. 6-ranked scoring average of 4.5 runs per game, against a Athletics offense rated No. 14 and scoring 3.2 runs per game in the league. The Rays have averaged 8 hits per game to date this season, more than the Athletics hitters have managed (7.2 per nine innings).

Oakland brings the American League's No. 3-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Rays' league No. 6-ranked defense.

The Athletics were a 4-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Red Sox. That made winners of bettors who got Oakland at +145 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for UNDER bettors. Oakland got the job done in their last match in a 4-2 victory over Boston on Wednesday at Fenway Park behind starter Brandon McCarthy.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 4-3 winner at home against the Mariners. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -163 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Tampa Bay got the job done in their last match in a 4-3 victory over Seattle on Thursday at Tropicana Field behind starter Jeff Niemann.

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After playing Boston are 2-8
After a win are 6-4

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Oakland are 4-6
After playing Seattle are 7-3
After a win are 9-1

A few Athletics at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oakland's last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oakland's last 7 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Oakland's last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oakland's last 8 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing Oakland

Next up:
Oakland at Tampa Bay, Saturday, May 5

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