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MLB BASEBALL

Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays

The Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at Tropicana Field.

The Athletics will pin their hopes on the pitching of lefthander Brett Anderson in this game. Anderson has a 1-2 record and a 4.34 ERA this season.

Starting this game for the Rays will be Alex Cobb. The righthander has a 1.93 ERA to go along with a 1-1 record this season.

Last time out for Oakland, they were a 7-5 winner as they battled the Astros at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Athletics at -187 were rewarded, while the 12 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 10-6 loser as they battled the Orioles on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Orioles at +123 were rewarded, while the 16 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Current streak:
Oakland has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Oakland: 12-4 SU
Tampa Bay: 5-10 SU

Oakland most recently:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After playing Houston are 10-0
After a win are 9-1

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing Oakland are 6-4
After playing Baltimore are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
Oakland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Oakland's last 15 games
Oakland is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
Tampa Bay is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Tampa Bay's last 13 games when playing at home against Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Tampa Bay's last 16 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Oakland, Saturday, April 20