Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics (By: Mulder)

RHP Tanner Anderson will start for the A's and this is his first career Major League start. In AAA he posted this season a 6.26 ERA with even a worse 7.27 FIP.

He pitched last season as a reliever for the Pirates and posted a 6.35 ERA with a 4.76 K/9 which is very low for a reliever.

-A's are 0-9 in their last 9 vs. American League East.

For Tampa Morton will start on the mound who is 7-0 with a 2.30 ERA and a tremendous 11.02 K/9. He was shaky with his command ( 3.27 BB/9 ) for most parts of the season but he got out of trouble most of the time due to his 51.7 GB%. Indeed, he got 5 double plays due to his sinker and 2 with his curve, so 7 GDP already is impressive.

However, in his last two outings he did not walk any batters.

He posted a 4.15 ERA in his career against the A's, but last season a 3.86 ERA as an Astro.

Morton is getting solid run support ( 5.15 runs per game ) and the Rays are one of the best teams in the first two innings. So taking the Rays for the first 5 innings.

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Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics predictions

Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Tampa Bay Rays -1.0 first half ( first 5 innings ) Pinnacle 1.84 8 0-0 LOST (-8 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Mulder).
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