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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.

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.
Capacity: 42,735

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Last Injuries

Tampa Bay Rays

  • Eric Sogard

    Foot
    Out 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.

  • Brandon Lowe

    Shin
    Out 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.

  • Avisail Garcia

    Head
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Garcia was removed from the previous game with a head injury. His status against the Red Sox on Saturday is unknown.

  • Yonny Chirinos

    Finger
    Prob 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.

  • Christian Arroyo

    Forearm
    Early 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.

  • Blake Snell

    Elbow
    Prob 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.

  • Hoby Milner

    Neck
    out 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.

  • Kevin Kiermaier

    Neck
    Doub 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.

Oakland Athletics

  • Blake Treinen

    Back
    out for season | out

    Treinen will spend the remainder of the season on the sidelines due to a stress reaction in his back.

  • Stephen Piscotty

    Ankle
    Out 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.

  • Frankie Montas

    Suspension
    Elig 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.

  • Mike Fiers

    Arm
    day-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.

  • Joakim Soria

    Elbow
    day-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.

  • Luis Barrera

    Shoulder
    out 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.

  • Ramon Laureano

    Leg
    Prob 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.

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
Johnny Davis 4 0 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 1.000 3.000 1.000
Oliver Drake 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Wilmer Font 2 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .333 .333 .333
Nick Solak 27 27 94 18 29 4 1 4 15 47 1 27 0 .309 .500 .414
Austin Meadows 131 122 503 79 144 29 7 32 88 283 12 127 5 .286 .563 .358
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
Chaz Roe 67 0 147 62 1 47 3 2 26 0 0 11 30 892
Emilio Pagan 62 0 200 92 1 42 12 1 19 0 0 2 13 1026
Diego Castillo 60 6 192 77 4 56 7 4 30 0 0 3 25 1048
Colin Poche 47 0 142 66 5 31 9 1 27 0 0 6 18 817
Oliver Drake 45 0 149 61 1 35 8 1 19 0 0 1 16 853
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Mike Zunino 86 76 2 25 17 6 0 5
Michael Perez 20 14 0 14 3 1 0 0
Anthony Bemboom 18 11 0 5 6 0 0 2
Nick Ciuffo 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 1
Adam Kolarek 21 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

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 3 3 8 1 4 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 .500 .500 .500
Seth Brown 19 14 59 11 22 8 2 0 13 34 0 15 0 .373 .576 .431
Corban Joseph 3 3 3 4 1 2 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .333
Sean Murphy 13 9 36 13 12 5 0 4 8 29 0 10 0 .333 .806 .400
Ramon Laureano 117 109 412 74 119 28 0 22 64 213 13 120 2 .289 .517 .340
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 76 0 240 70 0 54 11 0 24 0 0 2 9 1108
Liam Hendriks 71 2 244 118 2 58 5 5 16 0 0 1 21 1287
Joakim Soria 68 1 198 77 2 51 9 1 33 0 0 1 19 1075
Lou Trivino 61 0 180 57 3 61 7 2 40 0 0 9 31 987
Ryan Buchter 61 0 126 49 2 40 6 2 14 0 0 4 22 752
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Josh Phegley 102 86 0 50 24 2 0 14
Nick Hundley 31 23 0 18 5 0 0 0
Chris Herrmann 30 23 1 6 6 2 0 1
Beau Taylor 1 1 0 2 3 0 0 1
Sean Murphy 13 9 1 1 1 1 0 2