Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics Preview 8/12/2008

MLB Betting Preview
Tampa Bay Rays (71-46) at Oakland Athletics (54-63)
Tuesday, 10:05 pm Eastern

SBG Global Opening Line: Rays – 170 ,  Total  7.5 Under – 120

 

The Tampa Bay Rays may have a 4.5 game lead over the Boston Red Sox in the American League East but injuries are starting to mount.  The Rays just placed outfielder Carl Crawford and third baseman Evan Longoria on the 15-day DL.  The Rays did set a record on Sunday as they picked up their club-record 71st victory of the season in Seattle.  They understand that injuries must be overcome. “You have to look at what we do have. And the guys that we do have are going to produce,” catcher Shawn Riggans said, “Everybody’s still got to go out there, and we’re going to play hard and usually that will work out for some victories.” SBG Global reports that early MLB betting has the public taking Rays on the Road.

 

Tampa sends Scott Kazmir to the mound on Tuesday.  Kazmir is 8-5 on the season with a 3.20 ERA but has gotten a no-decision in three of his last four starts even though the Rays have ended up winning all of those games.  He has owned the A’s in his career going 6-1 against them with a 2.63 ERA in 10 starts. He is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA over his last five games against Oakland including 2-0 this season.

 

The A’s have packed it in for the season.  They are 3-19 since the All-Star break and are now playing for the future.  Oakland has lost seven of their last eight at home. They send Gio Gonzalez to the mound on Tuesday.  He is 0-1 on the season with a 6.00 ERA.

 

SBG Global Current Line: Rays – 144 ,  Total  7.5 Under – 120

Here are the MLB betting stats for Tuesday’s game. The Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a road favorite. The Rays are 10-2 in their last 12 overall. The Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. the American League West. The Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Rays are 4-0 in Kazmir’s last 4 starts. The Rays are 16-5 in Kazmir’s last 21 starts vs. the American League West. The Rays are 5-2 in Kazmir’s last 7 starts as a road favorite.

The Rays are 7-25 in the last 32 meetings in Oakland. The Rays are 5-0 in Kazmir’s last 5 starts vs. the Athletics.

 

The Athletics are 16-35 in their last 51 games as an underdog. The Athletics are 5-16 in their last 21 vs. the American League East. The Athletics are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a home underdog. The Athletics are 5-22 in their last 27 overall.

 

The Under is 7-2 in the Rays last 9 games as a road favorite. The Under is 5-2 in the Rays last 7 road games vs. a left-handed starter. The Under is 5-1 in Kazmir’s last 6 starts overall. The Under is 4-1 in Kazmir’s last 5 road starts.

The Under is 4-0-1 in Kazmir’s last 5 road starts vs. the Athletics.

 

The Under is 4-1 in the Athletics last 5 vs. the American League East. The Under is 7-2 in the Athletics last 9 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Under is 20-7-2 in the Athletics last 29 games as a home underdog. The Under is 7-3-2 in the last 12 meetings in Oakland between the two teams.

 

Pick Under the total 3 units

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