Preview: Charlie Morton starts series opener in Oakland as Rays try to break out of slump
TV: FOX Sports Sun
TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 9:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay Rays (43-31, second in the AL East) vs. Oakland Athletics (39-36, third in the AL West)
Rays: Charlie Morton (8-1, 2.37 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 107 strikeouts)
Athletics: Frankie Montas (9-2, 2.85 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 88 strikeouts)
The Athletics are 22-17 on their home turf. Oakland has hit 116 home runs this season, eighth in the MLB. Matt Chapman leads the team with 16, averaging one every 17.6 at-bats.
The Rays are 23-13 on the road. Tampa Bay has slugged .431 this season. Austin Meadows leads the team with a mark of .561. This is the first game between these teams in 2019.
Chapman leads the Athletics with 16 home runs and is batting .259. Matt Olson is 9-for-37 with three doubles, three home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for Oakland.
LAST 10 GAMES
Athletics: 7-3, .262 batting average, 3.44 ERA, outscored opponents by 21 runs
Rays: 3-7, .230 batting average, 4.97 ERA, outscored by 16 runs
Athletics Injuries: Sean Manaea: 60-day IL (shoulder), Daniel Gossett: 60-day IL (elbow), Marco Estrada: 10-day IL (lumbar strain), Jharel Cotton: 60-day IL (elbow/hamstring), Nick Hundley: 10-day IL (back), Chris Herrmann: 60-day IL (knee).
Rays Injuries: Tyler Glasnow: 60-day IL (forearm), Jose De Leon: 60-day IL (elbow), Anthony Banda: 60-day IL (elbow), Matt Duffy: 60-day IL (back), Yandy Diaz: 10-day IL (hamstring), Christian Arroyo: 10-day IL (forearm), Anthony Bemboom: 10-day IL (knee).