Tampa Bay vs. Oakland,
10/02/2019 20:09 EDT,
Score: 5 - 1
Total: -101/+7½ Under
TB starter Morton is a big time curveball pitcher. It's his most-used pitch, and hitters are batting .151 with 136 strikeouts against it. The A's haven't hit curveballs very well this season . The As own . .211 team batting average against curves ranks 23rd in MLB and Im betting they do limited damage here tonight. The righty allowed one run over 13 1/3 innings (0.68 ERA) vs. Oakland in two starts this year and has a 2.97 ERA vs. the A's in his career. Meanwhile, the A's starter Manaea been dominant and healthy since his return, as he finishes his abbreviated 2019 season with a 1.21 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 30/7 K/BB ratio across 29 2/3 innings of work and will Im betting be every bit as strong as his pitching opponent Morton. Both are backed by top 5 bullpens and generally average offences, which gives credence to my under call here in this Wild card game.
OAKLAND in 27 games at home when the total is 7 to 8.5 this season have seen a combined average of 6.9 rpg scored.
Under is 6-0 in Athletics last 6 overall.Under is 5-0-1 in Athletics last 6 playoff home games.
Under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in Oakland.Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.