Oakland Athletics vs Tampa Bay Rays 4-12-22

Oakland Athletics vs Tampa Bay Rays 4/12/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Oakland Athletics vs Tampa Bay Rays 4/12/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Oakland Athletics will meet with the Tampa Bay Rays in MLB action in Tropicana Field, FL, on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 6:40 PM ET. Oakland was a strong contender for the AL Wild Card all season last year, but the transfer from the old guard to a period of change raised expectations for a long season this year.

 

The Rays lost two of three matches to the Phillies on opening weekend, a team that, although talented, pales in contrast to what the Rays can do on any given night. Matt Chapman and Matt Olson, the foundation of their infield, were traded this offseason, as was Chris Bassitt, one of their finest starts.

 

That’s a lot of output to make up for, and after a couple of seasons with poor player development, meeting a deep team like Tampa Bay for the second night in a row, especially on the road, may be too much for this squad to handle.

 

Deolis Guerra (forearm) and Brent Honeywell Jr. (elbow) are the Athletics’ two relievers who are out indefinitely. Ramon Laureano (suspension) is the most notable absentee since he will be sidelined until early May. His bat and expertise are already being missed in centerfield, where he is a leader.

 

  • The total went OVER in 5 of Oakland’s previous 7 matches.
  • The Oakland Athletics are 3-7 SU in their previous 10 matches.
  • Oakland is 4-1 SU in their last 5 matches against Tampa Bay.

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Oakland Athletics vs Tampa Bay Rays Predictions 4/12/2022

 

While it appears like most of the American League’s contenders are playing rivals or potential postseason contenders to begin the season, the Rays dealt with one of the league’s easier starting cards. The weekend sweep wasn’t unexpected, and the Rays are expected to win again this week against the Athletics.

 

The Rays are able to get things done on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball so far this year, giving them a lot of confidence coming into Tuesday night’s game at home. The Rays’ major worry this season is keeping healthy, something they battled with in the past.

 

All of the injuries are limited to the pitching staff, but the bullpen is down four arms, and the starting rotation is down five. That doesn’t provide much depth, but it did not appear to have an impact on Tampa Bay yet.

 

  • The total went UNDER in 13 of Tampa Bay’s last 19 matches.
  • The total went UNDER in 7 of Tampa Bay’s last 9 matches against Oakland.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays are 8-2 SU in their last 10 matches at home.

Oakland Athletics vs Tampa Bay Rays. The MLB pick for this game is the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays are by much the superior club in this matchup, and the fact that they’ll be playing at home for the fifth consecutive game while the Athletics are on the road will help them win.

 

They’re succeeding in all three aspects of the game, and with an Athletics rookie making his first start, the Rays will be able to take advantage and unload on him.

 

The Rays also lead the league in scoring defense, and their strikeout percentage collaborated with the Athletics’ high strikeout volume in the order, which will make getting any base running activity tough for Oakland.

 

The Athletics are also 0-4 in their previous four Tuesday matches and 1-5 in their last six astroturf games, according to covers.com. Yarbrough is also 5-0 in his previous five starts in game two of a series for the Rays. The Tampa Bay Rays will win to a predicted score of 5-3.

 

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Oakland Athletics vs Tampa Bay Rays 4/12/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 6:40 PM ET

 

Location: Tropicana Field, FL

 

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022

 

TV: MLBN

 

MLB Odds: Rays (-1.5)  -192

 

MLB Totals: 9.5

 

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