Oakland A's @ Tampa Bay Rays Game Breakdown and Winner 5/19/9

ctsports picksAnalyst IMay 19, 2009

BALTIMORE - APRIL 12:  James Shields #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Baltimore Orioles on April 12, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Craig keeps up his 5 star top play winning streak in MLB with a win from TOR in his GRAND SLAM PLAY!! Unfortunately the free winner R/L play of the NYY gave up one run in 9th and only won by one run. But today Craig from CT SPORTS PICKS is on the right side of the R/L in todays game. 


  • Oakland Athletics 13-22, 5-12 away (Outman 1-0, 4.05 ERA)
  • Tampa Bay Ray 20-20, 10-8 home (Shields 3-4, 3.98 ERA)

Betting Trends

  • -Athletics are 2-5 in their last 7 overall.
  • -Athletics are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay.
  • -Rays are 5-0 in Shields' last 5 starts vs. Athletics.
  • -Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 overall.

The A's have lost 4 in a row and none of them have been close. Yesterday they were defeated 13-4 in Tampa. The A's have been outscored in the 4 game losing streak 47-13 in which their starting pitchers have yielded 31 runs (23 earned) in 13 innings. Shields has been very good as of late for Tampa only allowing over 3 earned runs once in last 5 starts. Outman goes for the A's today and he has been average in his three starts but he does not go deep into games which could spell trouble for a very tired bullpen. This one gets blown wide open late and easily covers the run line for the hot bats of TB. TB 8 - OAK 3

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