Corey Kluber
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Corey Kluber works from the mound against the Boston during a baseball game Friday, April, 22, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Audette)


Kyle Barrette

The Warriors beating themselves pretty much summed up last night’s game. You saw the back and forth and neither team is going to back down, but to have one guy score literally on the last like eight possessions in a row is terrible. Double-digit turnovers can’t happen. We wipe the slate clean and move back to the diamond. The Rays are out west in a matchup with Oakland. Can the Rays stay hot or will Oakland finally jump back into the win column? Let’s break it down and find out.

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The Rays fell apart in the first inning of yesterday’s game but came back to life in extras, plating five runs to take the final lead. The Rays have found their bats in Oakland, scoring six runs in game one and 10 runs yesterday in game two. The Rays send Kluber to the bump. Who has good numbers against the current Oakland lineup? He has a .122 batting average against batters and a 25% strikeout rate. Kluber has pitched well in two of his three starts this season. Last time out he one-hit the Twins, and with his good numbers against the A’s, he should be able to make it back to back good outings.

Through the first few weeks of the season, this team caught a lot of people off guard as they came out of the gates swinging some hot bats. Recently, they have cooled off, as to be expected. Pitchers are now onto their fourth game, and the edge of Oakland has dried up rather quickly. Oakland has lost five in a row, and you will quietly watch them sink to the bottom of the division and struggle as the year goes on. For today, they send Montas to the hill. His numbers are also not bad. Against the Rays, he’s only allowing a .203 average in 68 at-bats with a 25% strikeout percentage. 

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The way the Rays have been hitting the ball, I do not want to be on the other side of that. Both pitchers will likely do well, and it will come down to the bullpens in the latter stages of the game, and I’ll take the Rays’ pen all day in that situation. 

Same Game Parlay:
Tampa Bay ML, Corey Kluber 6+ K’s, Wander Franco to record an RBI, Randy Arozarena to record an RBI and Wander Franco to record a run. 

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