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MLB expert and handicapper Jason Radowitz is here with his prediction and best bet for Wednesday night's Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics clash in the third game of a four-game set.
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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics Prediction: Will the Rays Jump Out to an Early Lead?

The Oakland Athletics lost a heartbreaker last night, losing 9-8 in extra innings. That game was back and forth all night but the Rays finally clinched the game in the 10th inning, walking it off on a Manuel Margot base hit down the left-field line.

The Athletics had a lot of success in the batter's box last night. However, tonight could be a different story going up against a left-handed pitcher. Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Wednesday's game between the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Rays vs. Athletics Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: April 13, 2022
  • Game Time: 6:40 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: BSSUN/NBCSCA

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Rays vs. Athletics Injury Report

Athletics

Out: Ramon Laureano (Suspension)

Rays

None of Importance

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics Prediction

This isn't news. The Oakland Athletics are going to be one of the worst teams in baseball this season. The A's traded away all of their stars have a light payroll and now will rebuild the roster after failing to make the playoffs last season.

The Rays will send out left-hander Shane McClanahan to take on this depleted Athletics lineup. McClanahan went 4.1 innings against the Orioles in his first start of the season and struck out seven while walking two. McClanahan has some really good stuff and usually keeps most teams off-balanced.

Using the projected lineup for tonight's game, the Athletics hit a .141 ISO with a wOBA of .263. An average ISO is about .175 and an average wOBA is about .325. So, clearly, you can see how bad this lineup has produced against lefties dating back to last season.

McClanahan should have plenty of success against this A's lineup, despite the A's having potentially all nine batters batting from the right side. McClanahan should be in line for a quality start. The only thing that would hold him back is the Rays taking him out after five innings because that's just what the Rays do. Last season, McClanahan had an xFIP of 3.57 with 26.9% strikeouts, and 7.3% walks. His rookie season led him to an opening day start for the Rays this season. That's how great he was.

The Athletics, on the other hand, will send out Frankie Montas for his second start of the season. On Opening Day, Montas took on the Phillies and allowed six hits and five runs in five innings. Montas was able to produce six strikeouts with just one walk but couldn’t keep runners away from home plate.

Montas was up and down all of last year but finished with a respectable 3.99 xFIP last season. He also struck out 26.7% of batters on the year and didn't allow too much power either. However, the Rays have a much more reliable lineup that will feature at least six lefties along with Brandon Lowe, who had an ISO of .319 and a wOBA of .401 last season against righties. 

Therefore, I'll take the Rays -.5 in the first five innings and roll with McClanahan to shut down the Athletics.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics Pick

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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