Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 28, 2024

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May 28, 2024 6:14 AM
On Tuesday, May 28th, 2024, the Oakland Athletics (22-33) hit the road to face the Tampa Bay Rays (26-28) at Tropicana Field. The Rays, with a 15-17 home record, look to capitalize on their home-field advantage against the struggling Athletics, who have a dismal 9-17 record on the road. Can the Rays take advantage of their home turf and snatch a win?
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Athletics vs Rays starting pitchers

  • Zack Littell for Tampa Bay Rays
  • Mitch Spence for Oakland Athletics

Athletics vs Rays statistics

Stat Athletics Rays
Hits 409 (22nd) 424 (Tied-17th)
Batting Average .223 (28th) .235 (19th)
Runs Batted In 198 (Tied-23rd) 196 (Tied-26th)
Runs 206 (26th) 214 (Tied-22nd)
Home Runs 68 (Tied-3rd) 43 (29th)
Walks 174 (11th) 167 (18th)
Stolen Bases 26 (26th) 57 (5th)
Strikeouts 532 (2nd) 483 (7th)
Pitches 8014 (10th) 8047 (8th)

Tampa Bay Rays recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/26/24 vs Kansas City Royals W 4-1
5/25/24 vs Kansas City Royals L 7-4 F/11
5/24/24 vs Kansas City Royals L 8-1
5/22/24 vs Boston Red Sox L 8-5
5/21/24 vs Boston Red Sox L 5-2

Oakland Athletics recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/26/24 vs Houston Astros L 5-2
5/25/24 vs Houston Astros W 3-1
5/24/24 vs Houston Astros L 6-3
5/23/24 vs Colorado Rockies W 10-9 F/11
5/22/24 vs Colorado Rockies L 4-3 F/12

Athletics vs Rays predictions

As the Oakland Athletics take on the Tampa Bay Rays, I'm expecting big things from Brent Rooker, who's been on a tear lately. I think he'll come out swinging, racking up at least two hits and an RBI. Meanwhile, J.D. Davis should provide some power from the plate, potentially notching a home run and a pair of RBIs. And don't count out Seth Brown, who's been quietly consistent all season; I think he'll add a hit and a run scored to the Athletics' tally.

On the other side of the diamond, the Tampa Bay Rays are looking to ride the hot bats of Isaac Paredes and Yandy Diaz. I think Paredes will continue his impressive form, logging at least two hits and an RBI. Diaz, meanwhile, could be the difference-maker, potentially blasting a home run and driving in a pair of runs. And keep an eye on Randy Arozarena, who's always a threat on the basepaths; I think he'll snag at least one stolen base and score a run.

Given the strength of both lineups, this one could be a high-scoring affair. But in the end, I think the Rays' potent offense and strong pitching will give them the edge they need to take down the Athletics. Look for Tampa Bay to come out on top, potentially by a score of 6-4 or 7-5. The Rays' Zack Littell should be able to outduel Oakland's Mitch Spence, and the Rays' bullpen will shut the door in the late innings to secure the win.

Tampa Bay Rays injuries

  • Michael Gomez (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Osleivis Basabe (SS): Day-To-Day
  • Logan Driscoll (C): Day-To-Day
  • Josh Lowe (RF): 10-Day-IL
  • Marcus Johnson (P): Day-To-Day

Oakland Athletics injuries

  • Austin Adams (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Freddy Tarnok (RP): 60-Day-IL
  • Max Muncy (SS): Day-To-Day
  • Danis Correa (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Aledmys Diaz (SS): 60-Day-IL

Athletics vs Rays game info

Venue Tropicana Field
Location St. Petersburg, Florida
First pitch Tue 6:50 PM
Temperature 87°
Chance of Rain 52%

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