Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 29, 2024

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May 29, 2024 6:12 AM
On Wednesday, May 29, the Oakland Athletics look to extend their series lead over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The Athletics, currently holding a 1-0 series advantage, will face off against the Rays, who are struggling with a 26-29 overall record and 15-18 home record. The game is set to start at 6:50 PM.
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Athletics vs Rays starting pitchers

  • Ryan Pepiot for Tampa Bay Rays
  • Joey Estes for Oakland Athletics

Athletics vs Rays statistics

Stat Athletics Rays
Hits 414 (25th) 427 (19th)
Batting Average .222 (28th) .233 (20th)
Runs Batted In 201 (Tied-24th) 196 (Tied-26th)
Runs 209 (Tied-26th) 214 (Tied-23rd)
Home Runs 69 (4th) 43 (29th)
Walks 178 (10th) 169 (Tied-18th)
Stolen Bases 27 (26th) 57 (5th)
Strikeouts 543 (2nd) 491 (8th)
Pitches 8148 (Tied-10th) 8206 (8th)

Tampa Bay Rays recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/28/24 vs Oakland Athletics L 3-0
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

Oakland Athletics recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/28/24 @ Tampa Bay Rays W 3-0
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

Athletics vs Rays predictions

Taking a close look at the Oakland Athletics, several players are poised to make a notable impact in the upcoming game against the Tampa Bay Rays. First up, Brent Rooker, who has been swinging a powerful bat with 11 homers and 34 RBIs this season, shows signs that he could further elevate those stats given his current form. Meanwhile, Abraham Toro has been keeping his batting average solid at .283, providing reliable offense for the team. On the mound, though Joey Estes has had a rocky start with a 7.47 ERA, his strikeout-to-walk ratio suggests potential improvements could be on the horizon.

Shifting focus to the Tampa Bay Rays, they have their own set of key players who look ready to take center stage. Isaac Paredes continues to be a highlight, boasting a team-leading .296 batting average along with 9 home runs and 29 RBIs. His consistency at the plate could be crucial for Tampa Bay in this matchup. Additionally, Ryan Pepiot's pitching could be a major factor; he currently holds a commendable 3.98 ERA and 44 strikeouts. If he stays in form, he could be a tough challenge for Oakland’s hitters.

Given both teams' current standing and player form, the Rays seem to have a slight edge, particularly in pitching and consistent hitting, which often prove pivotal in close matchups. Tampa Bay's home advantage at Tropicana Field and their stronger overall season statistics suggest they might just clinch this one. Nevertheless, baseball is a game of unpredictability and Oakland’s fight shouldn't be underestimated. Sure, the Athletics have struggled, but any team can turn it around with the right gameplay and a bit of luck on their side.

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
  • Jacob Wilson (SS): Day-To-Day
  • Sean Newcomb (RP): 60-Day-IL
  • J.T. Ginn (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Max Muncy (SS): Day-To-Day

Athletics vs Rays game info

Venue Tropicana Field
Location St. Petersburg, Florida
First pitch Wed 6:50 PM
Temperature 89°
Chance of Rain 32%

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