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Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays Preview and Predictions 06-12-2019 in MLB


The Tampa Bay Rays find themselves tied for the American League East lead despite owning a home record that is just slightly above .500. After dropping four of their last five contests at Tropicana Field, the Rays bid for a series victory on Wednesday afternoon when they play the rubber match against the Oakland Athletics.

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Tampa Bay's Tommy Pham answered a pronounced 1-for-17 slump in his previous five games with a solo homer in the first inning of Tuesday's 4-3 setback to Oakland. Willy Adames also appears to be working out the kinks as his RBI single highlighted a two-hit performance that comes on the heels of a 1-for-16 effort in his previous four contests. While the Rays have won six of their last eight overall, the Athletics have emerged victorious in three of four to improve to 5-4 on their 10-game road trip. AL Player of the Week Marcus Semien's leadoff double in the first inning extended his hitting streak to nine games, during which he is 16-for-39 with two homers, nine RBIs and seven runs scored.

TV: 12:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FS Sun (Tampa Bay)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics LH Brett Anderson (6-4, 3.98 ERA) vs. Rays RH Yonny Chirinos (7-2, 2.87)

Anderson allowed three runs for the second straight start on Friday, and he permitted eight hits in 6 1/3 innings of a no-decision at Texas. The 31-year-old has been taken deep in each of his last three trips to the mound and six times in his last five after surrendering just one homer in his previous nine. Mike Zunino (2-for-9, two doubles) has experienced some success versus Anderson, who owns a 1-1 mark with a 4.00 ERA in four career starts against Tampa Bay.

Chirinos authored a gem in his last trip to the mound, scattering two hits and striking out six over eight scoreless innings in a 5-1 win at Boston. The 25-year-old needed just 50 pitches to breeze through the first five innings and didn't allow a baserunner or hit until the sixth. Chirinos owns a 4-1 mark while limiting the opposition to a .195 batting average at home, although he permitted four runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings of a 6-2 setback versus visiting Minnesota on June 1.

WALK-OFFS

1. Oakland DH Khris Davis has homered among two-hit performances in two of his last three games.

2. Tampa Bay 2B Brandon Lowe went hitless on Tuesday after going 8-for-17 with three homers, seven RBIs and five runs scored in his previous four games.

3. Athletics 3B Matt Chapman, who is hitless in seven at-bats in the series, is mired in a 1-for-23 stretch over his last six games.

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Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.
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Last Injuries

Tampa Bay Rays

  • Matt Duffy

    Hamstring
    Early July | 60-day IL

    Duffy has been placed on the 60-day injured list due to back and hamstring discomfort. He is likely to be shut down until the early part of July after suffering a setback during his rehab assignment.

  • Jose Alvarado

    Personal
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Alvarado is away from the team tending to a personal matter. He has been transferred to the team's restricted list, and it is unclear if he will draw back in to the lineup against the Athletics on Thursday.

  • Yandy Diaz

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Diaz has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right hamstring strain. There is no timetable for recovery.

  • Guillermo Heredia

    Hand
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Heredia has missed the last three games due to a left hand contusion, and it is unknown if he will take the field against the Yankees on Tuesday.

  • Christian Arroyo

    Forearm
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Arroyo is on the 10-day injured list due to tendinitis in his right forearm and will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Tyler Glasnow

    Forearm
    Mid July | 60-day IL

    Glasnow has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to a right forearm strain. He is expected to return to the lineup around the middle of July.

  • Joey Wendle

    Wrist
    Prob Fri | probable

    Wendle has been activated from the 10-day injured list where he was recovering from a fractured right wrist. It is likely he will suit up for Friday's game against the Angels.

  • Jose De Leon

    Elbow
    Late June | 60-day IL

    De Leon has been transferred to the 60-day injured list after missing the entire 2018 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He is likely to be sidelined until the end of June.

Oakland Athletics

  • Nick Hundley

    Knee
    Late July | 10-day IL

    Hundley has been placed on the 10-day injured list after having arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to miss at least six weeks.

  • Marco Estrada

    Back
    Late July | 10-day IL

    Estrada is on the 10-day injured list with a lumbar strain. He had an ablation procedure performed on his back and is projected to be absent from the lineup until at least the latter part of July.

  • Jharel Cotton

    Elbow
    Late July | 60-day IL

    Cotton has been transferred to the 60-day injured list while healing from Tommy John surgery. He also had a right hamstring debridement performed, and it is unclear if he will return before the end of July.

  • Sean Manaea

    Shoulder
    Mid July | 60-day IL

    Manaea is on the 60-day injured list due to labrum repair surgery on his left shoulder. He is not expected to return until the middle of July.

  • Chris Herrmann

    Knee
    Early July | 60-day IL

    Herrmann has landed on the 60-day injured list while recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He is likely to be on the IL until the beginning of July.

  • Kendrys Morales

    Calf
    Ques Sat | 10-day IL

    Morales has landed on the 10-day injured list with a left calf strain, and it is unclear if he will come off the IL in time for Saturday's matchup against the Astros.

  • Stephen Piscotty

    Ear
    Prob Mon | probable

    Piscotty is recovering from a surgical procedure to remove a melanoma from his right ear. He is expected to rejoin the team for Monday's game against the Orioles.

  • Matt Olson

    Rest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Olson is not expected to face the Angels on Thursday as he is to be rested.

tampa-bay-rays Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Anthony Bemboom 3 2 5 0 2 1 0 0 1 3 0 2 0 .400 .600 .400
Wilmer Font 1 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .333 .333 .333
Austin Meadows 56 51 214 33 66 12 3 12 38 120 8 56 4 .308 .561 .383
Tommy Pham 67 67 256 32 77 12 2 10 32 123 6 55 3 .301 .480 .406
Avisail Garcia 63 61 252 35 73 12 1 11 33 120 6 62 2 .290 .476 .343
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Adam Kolarek 37 0 79 20 2 30 3 2 14 0 0 0 10 417
Ryne Stanek 32 21 128 44 0 30 3 1 14 0 0 4 16 655
Chaz Roe 31 0 64 29 0 23 2 2 12 0 0 3 19 416
Diego Castillo 31 0 98 37 2 25 4 3 13 0 0 3 12 525
Jose Alvarado 26 0 70 32 0 18 1 2 8 0 0 1 16 402
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Mike Zunino 39 36 1 14 6 4 0 4
Michael Perez 15 13 0 10 3 0 0 0
Nick Ciuffo 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 1
Andrew Velazquez 10 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
Anthony Bemboom 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 2

oakland-athletics Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Brett Anderson 1 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667
Marcus Semien 75 75 300 50 84 16 2 10 37 134 5 47 4 .280 .447 .365
Beau Taylor 4 4 11 2 3 0 0 1 1 6 0 3 0 .273 .545 .385
Ramon Laureano 74 70 268 42 71 15 0 11 34 119 8 72 2 .265 .444 .308
Josh Phegley 59 48 168 25 44 12 0 8 38 80 0 33 0 .262 .476 .310
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Yusmeiro Petit 35 0 120 27 0 30 7 0 12 0 0 0 5 555
Lou Trivino 34 0 104 36 1 35 3 1 23 0 0 9 18 582
Ryan Buchter 34 0 62 26 1 18 2 1 9 0 0 3 16 379
Liam Hendriks 33 2 119 46 2 28 1 3 7 0 0 0 17 666
Joakim Soria 32 1 101 34 2 28 3 1 20 0 0 1 10 536
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Josh Phegley 59 48 0 33 15 1 0 7
Nick Hundley 31 23 0 18 5 0 0 0
Beau Taylor 4 4 0 0 2 0 0 1
Brett Anderson 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Chad Pinder 54 38 0 0 0 3 0 0