The Oakland Athletics struggled to get anything going last night in their series opener at the Tampa Bay Rays. Can Oakland find its footing and get the victory tonight to even the series at a game apiece?
963 Oakland Athletics at 964 Tampa Bay Rays
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Tropicana Field at 7:10PM ET
TV: Fox Sports Sun
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Rays are a -157 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Athletics are a +147 underdog, while the total is set at 9 runs. As of Tuesday morning, 65 percent of public bets are siding with host Tampa Bay. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
A's fall in opener
Oakland lost 6-2 Monday night in its series opener at Tampa Bay to drop to 33-34 overall and 15-19 on the road. Stephen Piscotty helped pace the A's offense as he finished 1-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI. Marcus Semien ended the contest 2-for-4. Robbie Grossman went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Tanner Anderson took the loss as he allowed two eanred runs on three hits with five strikeouts and two walks over 5 2/3 innings. Mike Fiers will start tonight for Oakland as he comes in with a 5-3 record, 4.76 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with 52 strikeouts over 75 2/3 innings.
Morton sharp in win
Tampa Bay cruised to a 6-2 home win Monday night over Oakland to improve to 41-24 overall and 18-14 at home. Charlie Morton picked up the win as he threw seven shutout innings with two hits allowed, seven strikeouts and two walks. Brandon Lowe helped pace the Rays as he finished 1-for-4 with a solo home run. Ji-Man Choi and Kevin Kiermaier were both 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. Ryne Stanek will be the opener tonight for the Rays as he comes in with an 0-1 record, 2.78 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with 38 strikeouts over 35 2/3 innings.
MLB Betting Trends
The A's are 4-0 in the last four Fiers starts on Tuesdays. Oakland is 2-5 in the last seven Fiers road starts.
The Rays are 4-0 in the last four Stanek starts on Tuesdays. Tampa Bay is 7-2 in its last nine Tuesday games.
The Rays are very good at home and whenever they employ the opener strategy, so I'm definitely leaning hard toward the hosts here. Fiers has been pretty good as of late, but I don't think he's going to navigate through the Tampa Bay lineup unblemished. Stanek and the other active Tampa Bay pitchers should get ample run support here to notch the win.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: TAMPA BAY RAYS -157