Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics Pick – MLB May 2, 2022

The Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics have a three-game date in Oakland beginning tonight. The Athletics are coming off a disappointing weekend against the Cleveland Guardians.

They were swept at home following a 7-3 loss at home yesterday afternoon. It was a tough showing for James Kaprielian, who was roughed up for 3 hits and 4 earned runs in 2 innings. The Guardians had a 7-0 lead after the 4th inning.

The Athletics are a team that doesn’t like to spend much money and it’s worked out relatively well in staying competitive. However, with the Athletics allowing players to get away even more so than before and rumors of a transfer to Las Vegas, there isn’t much excitement in Oakland.

Attendance is ugly at Athletics games, and it almost feels like it’s closing time in Oakland soon. Joining the Raiders in Las Vegas seems like a matter of when and not if. The A’s are going into tonight with a record of 10-12 after getting swept.

The Rays are coming off a 9-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Sunday afternoon. This was after a 9-1 loss on Saturday, so it’s a tough couple of days for the Rays. They’re going into this one at 12-10 and third in the AL East.

Tampa remains a modest threat in the division, but the Yankees and Blue Jays continue to get better and look like the most dangerous team in the American League. It’s a tough division to be in.

Drew Rasmussen and Daulton Jefferies are expected to toe the rubber in a starting role on Monday night. Head below for our free Rays vs. Athletics prediction on May 2, 2022.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics Live Betting Odds:

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Tampa Bay Rays -1.5 (+115) -157 Over 6.5 (-120)
Oakland Athletics +1.5 (-135) +131 Under 6.5 (+100)
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Team Data Tampa Bay Rays Oakland Athletics
Overall Record 12-10 10-12
Away/Home Record 3-3 4-6
Batting Average .238 .209
Batting Average Away/Home .245 .201
Runs Per 9 4.28 3.88
Team ERA 3.40 3.67
Team ERA Away/Home 3.26 3.20

Rays vs. Athletics Prediction:

The Athletics are likely going to be treading water this season, trying to stay around .500. It isn’t all gloomy for the Athletics, though. There have been some small positives to take away from the first month.

Daulton Jefferies is in his first full season in the major leagues. He was used sparingly the last two years and appears ready to be a full-time member of the A’s rotation.

Jefferies is off to a competent start through four starts. He has an ERA of 3.26 and a 1.09 WHIP across 20 innings on the bump. In six starts at home, Jefferies has been in lights-out form.

He hasn’t allowed a run at home so far, as Jefferies carries an ERA of 0.00 and a 0.50 WHIP into Monday night. He showed a little something in five appearances last year, and it’s carried over to 2022.

In 15 innings last season, Jefferies recorded an ERA of 3.60 and a 1.00 WHIP. He is taking on a more full-time role in 2022.

I have some confidence in Jefferies containing a Tampa offense that is hit-and-miss so far this season. The Rays are averaging 4.28 runs per game going into Oakland for this series.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics Betting Trends:

Rays

  • Record (Last 10): 6-4
  • 1-5 overall in their first game of a series
  • 2-6 overall in thier previous eight games versus a right-handed starter
  • 2-7 overall in their previous nine games after their opponent allows 5 or more runs
  • 2-6 overall in their previous eight games versus the Athletics
  • OVER is 4-1-1 in their previous six games as a betting favorite on the road

Athletics

  • Record (Last 10): 3-7
  • 6-2 overall in their previous eight games versus the Rays
  • 7-3 overall in their previous ten games after a loss
  • 2-5 overall in their previous seven games as an underdog
  • 1-4 overall in their previous five games
  • OVER is 13-2-1 in their first game of a series

The Athletics’ pitching staff has been reliable enough, with a team ERA of 3.67. They are 12th in the major leagues with 3.9 runs against per 9 innings. Jefferies and the bullpen should pitch well enough to keep this one close.

Drew Rasmussen has been in good form, but that hasn’t been the case in 8 innings on the road. Rasmussen is struggling with an ERA of 5.63 and a 1.38 WHIP after the White Sox and Cubs got to him for 5 earned runs in 8 frames.

I’m not willing to lay this price with Rasmussen and the Rays on the road. They look on the overpriced side in Oakland tonight. The A’s to cover the runline at +1.5 appears like a good option in a matchup that is likely decided by a run.

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Kyle E / Author

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