by OddsShark (@OddsShark)
A torrid second half and home field has likely factored into the Oakland Athletics being the betting favorite for the American League Wild Card Game, but they face a pitcher who has had their number.
The Athletics are the -134 favorite (bet $134 to win $100) on the MLB odds with the Tampa Bay Rays coming back at +124 (bet $100 to win $124), while there is a 7.5-run total for Wednesday’s game at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Athletics are 11-6 in their last 17 home games against teams from the Rays’ division, the AL East, while Tampa Bay is 9-8 in its last 17 away games against the AL West, with the total going OVER in six of the Rays’ last nine away games against AL West teams at betting sites.
Home teams are 4-3 in the AL Wild Card Game since its inception in 2012. Oakland is also 1-14 in their last 15 postseason games when they had a chance to advance to the next round.
Tampa Bay, which earned the second wild card with a 96-66 regular-season finish, will send out right-hander Charlie Morton (16-6, 3.05 ERA, 11.1 SO/9) for this do-or-done game. In two starts against Oakland this season, Morton limited …
Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation