Baseball Betting at Get That Bet — Rays Hope to Be All “Smyly’s” As They Face A’s

The Tampa Bay Rays are moving ahead after dealing away their staff ace. On Tuesday night they will be going with the left-hander they received in that deal when they go up against the team that has the best record in baseball, as the Oakland Athletics play host to them in baseball betting action that is set to begin at 10:05 PM ET at the Coliseum.

Drew Smyly, who had been doing a workmanlike job for the Detroit Tigers, is the newest member of Tampa Bay’s rotation, and he will take the mound for this game as he opposes Jason Hammel, a former member of the Rays.

Oakland has a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West, and that is despite having the best record in all of baseball. They have taken the trade route in order to bolster the rotation, picking up Jon Lester and Jeff Samardija. The other guy they got was Hammel, who was having a good season for the Cubs but has come apart since coming aboard with the A’s.

In the baseball betting odds that have been posted on this game at Get That Bet, the Athletics are the favorites at home:

MLB Baseball Betting Lines Courtesy Of GetThatBet USA Sportsbook

Oakland Athletics (Hammel – R) -140
Tampa Bay Rays (Smyly – L) +120

Under 7.5 Runs -120
Over 7.5 Runs +100

Smyly (5-9, 4.21 ERA) essentially has to take the place of one of the top southpaws in baseball, as he comes from the Detroit Tigers in the trade for David Price, who is also starting Tuesday night. Smyly, who was originally a second-round draft choice in 2010, has had an up-and-down season. Last year he was 6-0 with a 2.37 ERA as a reliever, but did not take that level of success with him into the rotation. He pitched against the White Sox just hours before he was traded, going five innings and allowing four runs.

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Get That Bet customers realize that sooner or later, Tampa Bay had to make a move with Price, in order to clear his salary off their books, because he was set to become a free agent after the 2015 season. One would imagine they could have waited until the end of this season, but they may have figured they could get more now, although when you think about it, that is not what wound up happening. What the Rays basically did was help to fortify the Tigers for what may ultimately be a confrontation with the Athletics, who they have beaten the last two years in the AL playoffs.

Hammel is currently 8-9 with a 3.87 ERA, but baseball bettors saw that it wasn’t long ago that those stats were much better. It seems like as soon as he came over to the A’s he forgot how to pitch. In twelve innings he has given up 20 hits, as well as 16 runs. There is danger that he could even be dropped from the rotation if he doesn’t improve.

Oakland is still outscoring its opponents by quite a wide margin; in fact, the A’s tally an average of 4.9 runs per game, compared to 3.5 for their foes.

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