Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays Preview and Predictions 06-12-2019
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.
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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- FootOut Sat | out
Sogard was held out of the last game due to a foot injury, and he will not suit up for Saturday's matchup against the Red Sox.
- ShinOut indefinitely | 60-day IL
Lowe has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to a right shin contusion and a left quadriceps strain. It is unknown if he will return prior to the end of the regular season.
- HeadQues Sat | questionable
Garcia was removed from the previous game with a head injury. His status against the Red Sox on Saturday is unknown.
- FingerProb Sat | probable
Chirinos has hit been activated from the 10-day injured list after right middle finger inflammation, and it is expected that he will return Saturday against the Red Sox.
- ForearmEarly Oct | 60-day IL
Arroyo has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to tendinitis in his right forearm. He is not expected to return to the lineup until at least the beginning of October.
- ElbowProb Tues | probable
Snell has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body in his left elbow. He is expected to return to the rotation Tuesday to face the Dodgers.
- Neckout for season | 60-day IL
Milner has been placed on the 60-day injured list due to a cervical nerve injury. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
- NeckDoub Fri | doubtful
Kiermaier has missed the last three games due to neck spasms, and it is unlikely that he will be in the lineup for Friday's clash against the Angels.
- Backout for season | out
Treinen will spend the remainder of the season on the sidelines due to a stress reaction in his back.
- AnkleOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Piscotty has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to a right ankle sprain and is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season. A postseason return has not been ruled out.
- SuspensionElig Wed | out
Montas is serving an 80-game suspension for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. He is expected to return Wednesday against the Angels.
- Armday-to-day | questionable
Fiers exited the last game due to nerve irritation in his right arm. He is likely to make his next scheduled start Friday against the Rangers.
- Elbowday-to-day | questionable
Soria sat out the previous game with an elbow injury, and it is unclear if he will be available against the Royals on Monday.
- Shoulderout for season | 60-day IL
Barrera is on the 60-day injured list as he is recovering from right shoulder surgery and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
- LegProb Wed | probable
Laureano has sat out the previous three games due to a cramp in his right leg, but he is likely to return Wednesday versus the Astros.
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