Red-Hot Sonny Gray to Be Deciding Factor for Athletics -130 Over Rays

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, August 22, 2015 5:57 PM GMT

We’re going to break down Saturday’s American League game between the Rays and A’s. Read this revealing betting preview article which culminates with a moneyline pick.

Will the struggling Rays' bats be able to break through against a red-hot Sonny Gray? Can Oakland bounce back from losing for the first time in six home games last night? 

 

Rays by the Bay on Saturday
The Rays and A’s meet in the second of a three-game series on Saturday. The first pitch in Oakland is slated for 9:05 PM ET. Tampa Bay won the series opener on Friday 2-1. The Oakland loss ended a five-game home win streak. Tampa Bay has gone 3-2 versus Oakland in 2015, and those games went 3-1-1 under the total.

 

Pitching Matchup
Erasmo Ramirez has been revitalized this season for the Tampa Bay Rays. The veteran right-hander has gone 10-4 in nineteen starts this year with a stellar 3.12 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. However, there’s a huge bright red flag pertaining to his start this evening. Ramirez is 0-7 in his career team starts versus Oakland, and has posted a lofty 5.40 ERA during those outings. One of those starts came on 5/24/15, and he allowed 5 earned runs on 5 hits while walking 6 in 6.0 innings during a 7-2 Rays loss.

Sonny Gray has been one of the few shining starts for Oakland in 2015. He’s compiled a brilliant 2.04 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in twenty-four starts. Oakland has seen 28.3% of their wins this season come when Gray is their starting pitcher. The young right-hander has been in superb form over his previous four starts, evidenced by his microscopic 0.88 ERA during that stretch.

 

MLB Money Line Betting Angle:

- Tampa Bay has scored 2 runs or less in each of their previous four games.

- According to current MLB betting odds at Sportsbetting, Tampa Bay is a +122 money line road underdog. 

- Tampa Bay hitters are averaging just 2.7 walks per game this season.

 

Play against any money line road underdog of +100 to +150, averaging 3 or less walks offensively per game, and they scored 2 runs or less in each of their previous four games. Playing on the home favorite in this exact situation, resulted in going 71-24 (74.7%) since 1997. I’m adhering to this money line betting system for one of my MLB picks on Saturday.

MLB Picks: Play on Oakland -130 at bet365