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Rays vs. Athletics Predictions, Odds, Preview

May 7, 2021
Kevin Rogers
MLB Expert

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics Predictions

Score Prediction - Rays 5, Athletics 4

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics - Best Bets

Both these teams have their eyes on October baseball as Tampa Bay and Oakland split a tough four-game set two weeks ago at Tropicana Field.

All four games were low-scoring affairs in St. Petersburg, but the Rays have swung the bat well on their road trip so far and have picked up their offense on the highway.

Look for runs to be scored tonight in Oakland between the Rays and Athletics.

  • Over 8

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics Game Odds

  • Tampa Bay +120
  • Oakland -145
  • Tampa Bay (+1.5) -165
  • Oakland (-1.5) +140
  • Over (8) -105
  • Under (8) -115

Odds per BetMGM - Subject to Change

Sean Manaea takes the mound on Friday night as the Athletics welcome the Rays to Oakland. (AP)

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics - Betting Analysis

  • Venue: Oakland Coliseum
  • Location: Oakland, California
  • Time: 9:40 p.m. ET

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics - Current Form

The Rays own an 18-15 record and sit 1.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox for first place in the American League East.

Tampa Bay swept a four-game road series from the Los Angeles Angels, extending its winning streak to five games.

Oakland dropped the final two contests of a four-game set to Toronto, but the Athletics still lead the American League West division with a 19-14 mark.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics - Series History

The A's and Rays split a four-game series at Tropicana Field in late April as all four games finished 'under' the total.

Three of those contests were decided by one run each, as the most runs scored by any team in the series was four by Tampa Bay in a 4-3 triumph on April 27.

Pitching Matchup

Tampa Bay: Rich Hill (1-1, 6.39 ERA)

The Rays have alternated wins and losses in Hill's six starts this season, coming off a 5-4 comeback win in his last outing against Houston.

Hill tossed three scoreless innings in his shortest start of the season, but it was his most productive appearance.

The 'over' has hit in five of six starts by Hill, as the lone 'under' came in a 2-1 defeat on April 26 in which Hill struck out 10.

Oakland: Sean Manaea (3-1, 3.48 ERA)

Since allowing five earned runs in a 9-2 loss to the Astros in early April, Manaea is unbeaten in his last five starts.

The southpaw limited the Rays to two hits and one earned run in five innings of a 2-1 victory on April 26.

The A's are a perfect 4-0 to the 'over' in Manaea's four home starts, compared to a 2-0 mark to the 'under' on the road.

Trends to Watch

Tampa Bay

  • 6-3 last nine vs. LHP starters
  • 4-1 in road series openers


  • 9-4 last 13 vs. LHP starters
  • Over 5-1 in home series openers

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