Tampa Bay Rays (48-21, 1st in the Mideast) vs. Oakland Athletics (18-50, 5th in the All West)
Oakland, California; Tuesday, 9:40 p.m. EST
Affection problems: Radiology: TBD; Athletics: Hogan Harris (1-0, 6.46 ERA, 1.30 WHICH, 12 strikeouts)
The bottom line: The Oakland Athletics took a 1-0 advantage going into the final game of the series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Oakland had an overall record of 18-50 and an 8-24 record at home. The Athletics have an 11-7 record in games when they have more strikeouts than their opponents.
Tampa Bay has a 17-14 record in road games and a 48-21 record overall. Ray throwers have a 3.58 collegiate ERA, which ranks fourth in MLB play.
Tuesday’s game is the fifth time these teams have faced each other this season. The Rays hold a 3-1 advantage going into the season series.
MVPs: Esteury Ruiz has a . 260 batting average to lead the Athletics and has 15 doubles, two triples and two home runs. Jess Peterson is 12-for-30 with two home runs and seven RBIs over the past ten games.
Wonder Franco has 19 doubles, two triples, eight home runs, and 33 RBI for the Rays. Isaac Paredes is 5-for-31 with a double, three home runs, and eight RBIs over his last 10 games.
Last 10 Games: Athletics: 6-4, .251 batting average, 4.66 ERA, outscores opponents in points by two innings
Rays: 8-2, .235 batting average, 2.43 ERA, outscored opponents by 23 innings
Injuries: Athletics: Drew Rosinski: 15-Day IL (illness), Zach Jackson: 15-Day IL (unknown), Manny Pina: 60-Day IL (wrist), Mason Miller: 15-Day IL (elbow), Danny Jimenez: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Freddy Tarnok: 60-Day IL (unknown), Kirby Snead: 60-Day IL (shoulder)
Rays: Josh Fleming: 60-Day IL (elbow), Calvin Fusher: 15-Day IL (elbow), Brandon Lowe: 10-Day IL (leg), Pete Fairbanks: 15-Day IL (hip), Drew Rasmussen: 60-Day IL (flexion), Zack Littell: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Garrett Cleavinger: 60-Day IL (knee), Jeffrey Springs: 60-Day IL (elbow), Shane Baz: 60-Day IL (elbow) Andrew Kittredge: 60 days IL (attached)
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