Wednesday's matchup between the Athletics and Rays has a first pitch set for 6:50 PM ET from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. Oakland is 23-33 overall and is starting Joey Estes, while the Rays are 26-29 and will have Ryan Pepiot on the mound.

Tampa Bay is the heavy favorite on the money line, with their odds sitting at -183 compared to the Athletics at +152. The over/under line is currently at 8 runs, and NSPCA will be televising this one.


The Pick: OVER 8 Runs

This game will be played at Tropicana Field at 6:50 ET on Wednesday, May 29th.


  • We have the Rays winning by a score of 6 to 5
  • However, if you're looking for a run line pick, we like the Athletics to cover
  • As for an over/under pick, we have this game finishing with 11 runs and like the over

Oakland picked up a 3-0 win over the Rays in the most recent game of this series. The A's offense only had five hits in the game but took advantage of a good outing from Mitch Spence, who went 5 1/3 innings and didn't give up a run. He picked up a win in the game, while Mason Miller got the save.

Zack Littell started for the Rays and gave up just one run in seven innings of work. He finished the game with nine strikeouts but took the loss. Tampa Bay's offense only mustered three hits in the game.

Miguel Andujar hit the game's only home run while going 1/4 with three RBIs. Abraham Toro also had a two-hit game for Oakland.

Athletics Records & Stats

The Athletics are 23-33 overall this season, putting them 4th in the AL West. Currently, they trail the Mariners by seven games in the division. So far, they have really struggled against other AL West teams, going 5-12 this year. Oakland won the first game of this series vs. the Rays and overall, they are 7-9-1 in series this year.

At home, the Athletics are 13-16 and just below .500 at 10-17 on the road. Oakland has really struggled in night games this year, going 9-21. As the underdog, the Athletics are 17-31 this year compared to 6-2 as the favorite.

Despite their losing record, the Athletics have been a solid bet against the run line this season, going 26-30 overall. They have been especially good on the road, where they are 13-14 against the run line, compared to just 13-16 at home. They have been a better bet as the underdog, going 24-24 against the run line in those games. Their average run margin in winning games is +3.1, while it drops to -4.0 in losses.

The Oakland Athletics are on the road today against the Tampa Bay Rays. The over/under line for the game is set at 8 runs, which is slightly lower than their combined run average of 8.5 runs per game. The A's have a 26-28 over/under record on the season, and when the line is set at 8 runs, they are 7-6-1. Their games have been evenly split between lines above and below 8 runs, with 21 games each. The under has hit in their last three games.

Joey Estes and the Oakland A's are on the road to take on the Rays today. Estes has started three games this season, and his last outing was a no-decision vs. the Rockies. He went 7 innings, allowing 4 earned runs and striking out 6. His first start of the year was a win vs. the Mariners, and he took the loss in his second start, going 3 2/3 innings and giving up 8 runs.

As a team, the Athletics are batting just .222 this season, which is 23rd in the league. However, they do have the 4th most home runs in the league and have the 7th best isolated power mark in the league. Oakland is averaging 3.7 runs per game, which is 27th in the league. At home, they are averaging 4.5 runs per contest.

Over the team's last nine games, Seth Brown has gone 11/32 with two homers and four RBIs. JJ Bleday has also hit three homers in this stretch but is batting just .216. For the season, Bleday is hitting .237 with eight homers, and Brent Rooker and Shea Langeliers are tied for the team lead with 11 homers.

Rays Records & Stats

The Rays are looking to bounce back today vs. the Athletics, as they trail in the series 0-1 and are 26-29 overall. In the AL East, they are in 4th place and trail the Yankees by 10.5 games. So far, they are 9-11 in divisional matchups.

Tampa Bay has dropped seven straight series and has an overall series record of 7-8-2. As the home favorite, the Rays are 11-13 this year and 16-19 as the favorite overall. They are just at .500 at 11-11 on the road.

When the Rays win, they win big, with an average run margin of 2.4 runs per game. But when they lose, they lose by an average of 3.9 runs per game. As a result, their run line record is 23-32 overall, including 11-22 at home and 12-10 on the road. They have been the favorite in 35 games and the underdog in 20.

When the Tampa Bay Rays play at home, the over/under line is set at 8 runs. Their games have averaged 8.7 runs per game this season, and their over/under record is 28-26 overall. When the line is set at 8 runs, their over/under record is 9-5. In 45.5% of their games this season, the over/under line has been set at over 8 runs, and in 29.1% of their games, the line has been set at under 8 runs. The under has hit in their last two games.

Ryan Pepiot gets the start for the Rays today and comes into the game with a record of 3-2 and ERA of 3.98. Looking back at his last outing, Pepiot finished with a no-decision after giving up three earned runs in four innings of work. He has made four quality starts this year and is averaging 9.74 strikeouts per nine innings. Pepiot has been much better on the road, as he is 2-0 with a 0.0 ERA compared to 1-2 with a 6.66 ERA at home. Overall, he has allowed five homers and is averaging 3.32 walks per nine innings.

For the season, the Rays are averaging just 3.9 runs per game, which is 26th in the league. As a team, they are batting just .233, and their collective OPS of .656 is also near the bottom of the league. The Rays have also struggled in terms of power, as their team ISO of .117 is just 24th in the MLB.

Isaac Paredes has been a bright spot for the Rays this season, as he is batting .296 and leads the team with nine home runs and 29 RBIs. However, Randy Arozarena is batting just .159 this season and has also struggled in terms of power, as he is 2nd on the team with eight homers.