San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics 7-20-2018




San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics 7-20-2018

San Francisco Giants (50-48) vs Oakland Athletics (55-42)

Date : 07/20/2018
Time : 9:35 pm EST
Location : Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics

Game 1 of a 3-game set between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics will take place at Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California, beginning at 9:35 pm EST.  The Giants occupy the 4th place slot within the NL West while the A’s are in 3rd place within the tough and competitive AL West division.  In their last outing, the Giants were 6-2 losers to the A’s, thus losing a 3-game home interleague set on 7-15-2018.  The A’s would cash in on the money line as slight underdogs (+110) while the over was the play in that the total was set at 7.5 runs for the game.  Sean Manaea pitched a great game by lasting 6 innings while allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 1 homer with an ERA of 3.42 for the game. Oakland obtained 10 hits off the losing pitcher, Andrew Suarez, who pitched 5 innings while allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 5 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.94.  The Giants only had 5 hits for the game with Chase d’Armaud going 2-4 with an RBI while Brandon Crawford going 2-4 in the loss.  Gorkys Hernandez went 1-3 with an RBI as well.  Steven Piscotty went 2-4 with 2 RBI’s for Oakland in the win while Matt Chapman also went 2-4 with an RBI.  Jonathan Lucroy was 1-3 with 2 RBI’s for the A’s, who finished the first half of the season winning 7 of their last 9 before the break.  The Giants, on the other hand, finished the first half of the 2018 season losing 8 of their last 12.

San Francisco Giants's Latest Performance :

The Giants come into this matchup losers of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-2-1.  Recently, the Giants would tie their current 4-game home set versus the St. Louis Cardinals by winning 13-8 in the finale on 7-8-2018.  They would go on to win a 3-game home set to the Cubs, yet, dropped their following 3-game home set to the red-hot A’s on 7-15-2018.

For the season, the Giants are averaging 4.07 runs per game (23rd) with a team batting average of .252 (11th), 91 homers (25th) along with 37 stolen bases (22nd).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.00 (15th) with 768 (23rd) along with 41 quality starts (16th).

Brandon Belt (.287 BA on 296 AB) and Buster Posey (.288 BA on 299 AB) have been the most consistent hitters for the Giants this year.  Andrew McCutchen (.261 BA on 352 AB) and Brandon Crawford (.292 BA on 329 AB) has also been solid at the plate for San Francisco.

Chris Stratton (8-6, 96.2 IP, 57 R, 103 H, 11 HR, 36 BB, 70 SO, 4.93 ERA) has been the most consistent pitcher on the mound for the Giants this season.

 

Oakland Athletics's Latest Performance :

The Oakland Athletics have won 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-1-1.  Recently, the A’s would win a 3-game road set against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on 7-8-2018 while also winning a 4-game road set against the defending champs Houston Astros on 7-12-2018.  This momentum would certainly carry on into their next series, a 3-game road set versus the San Francisco Giants, in which they would win due to a 6-2 win in the finale.

For the season, the Athletics are averaging 4.63 runs per game (10th) with a team batting average of .246 (13th), 127 homers (6th), along with 21 stolen bases (30th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.01 (16th) with 715 strikeouts (27th) along with 42 quality starts on the season (12th).

Jed Lowrie (.285 BA on 362 AB), Stephen Piscotty (.264 BA on 311 AB), Marcus Semien (.254 BA on 390 AB), and Matt Chapman (.250 BA on 288 AB) have been the offensive leaders for the Athletics this year while Matt Olson (.235 BA on 339 AB) and Khris Davis (.248 B on 330 AB) have also been critical components to the offense for Oakland.

Sean Manaea (9-6, 123.2 IP, 49 R, 99 H, 18 HR, 24 BB, 83 SO, 3.42 ERA) has been the leader for this Oakland pitching staff all year.

How San Francisco Giants & Oakland Athletics Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Giants are 51-47 ATS while the O/U is 46-48-4.  On the other hand, the A’s are 50-47 ATS while the O/U is 47-42-8.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The starters for the Athletics have not been named for this series, however, Derek Rodriguez (4-1) will get the start for the Giants in the opener looking to build from his recent momentum to win his 4th game in 6 starts.  He has only been credited with 3 earned runs on 15 hits in his last 4 starts while the team is 5-0 in his last 5 appearances.  The under has been the play in 3 of Rodriguez’ last 4 starts while he has received 19 runs of support in his last 3 wins.  In his last outing, he pitched only 3 innings, in relief status, while allowing no runs on no hits and 3 punch outs in a 5-4 home win versus the Chicago Cubs on 7-11-2018.  While this will be his first crack at taming this dangerous and confident lineup for the A’s, Rodriguez is 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA along with 9 strikeouts in his last 3 outings.

Madison Bumgarner (3-3) will get the start in game 2 for the Giants looking to win his 3rd in a row after some shaky starts during the early outings after his return from injury.  Since then, Bumgarner has went 2-1 in his last 3 games while being credited with 7 earned runs on 17 hits during this time.  The under has been the play in 4 of this last 6 outings while the Giants are 4-1 in his last 5 starts.  In his last time out, Bumgarner pitched 6 innings while allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 5 strikeouts in a 7-1 home win versus Oakland on 7-13-2018.  In his outing prior to this against the A’s, the lefty went 6.1 innings while allowing 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 homers in a 12-6 road win on 6-30-2016.

Aside from Chad Pinder (1-2), Jonathan Lucroy (.222 BA on 9 AB), Stephen Piscotty (1-5), Jed Lowrie (.273 BA on 11 AB), and Marcus Semien (2-10), the Oakland lineup has struggled against the right-hander in the past.  Mark Canha, Matt Chapman, Matt Olson are a combined 0-9 against Bumgarner in their careers while Josh Phegley is .167 on 6 at bats.  Furthermore, Khris Davis is .143 on 7 at bats against Bumgarner.

Johnny Cueto (3-1) has had a rough go of his in his last 2 outings after coming off the injured list, however, he looks to get back into the win column once against when he starts the finale on Sunday for the Giants.  In his last outing, he pitched 5 innings while allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 7 strikeouts against the Chicago Cubs in a 5-4 home win on 7-11-2018.  Cueto has not faced this Oakland lineup recently, however, he has had experience facing Jonathan Lucroy (.133 BA on 15 AB), Khris Davis (0-4), and Stephen Piscotty (.111 BA on 9 AB).

Against The Spread Selection: Game 3: Oakland Athletics

My reason for the pick :

I happen to believe that Johnny Cueto has certainly increased his output during his first couple games back from injury.  In addition to this, he has had experience and success facing some of the big hitters for the A’s.  Nonetheless, I see the A’s pulling out a victory in this matchup simply due to their ability to close out series (5-1 in last 6 finales).  They simply have a knack for playing well during this time of the series, and I see this trend continuing on Sunday as the A’s will indeed pull out a big interleague win in game 3.

Totals Selection: Game 1 & 2: Under

My reason for the prediction :

While the Giants have been 3-3-1 as it relates to the O/U in their last 7, the A’s have been 4-1-1 with the over in their last 6 outings.  Nonetheless, I will choose the under as the play in this matchup in that though the A’s were on fire during their days/weeks leading up to the break, I have a feeling that they will certainly need a bit of a refresher in order to get back to their high-scoring ways.  Against pitchers like Rodriguez and Bumgarner, that will not be easy.  In fact, the under has been the play in 7 of these pitcher’s last 9 games combined, and I expect this trend to continue for the first couple games of this series in that both are certainly throwing solidly at this time of year.

Betting trends for San Francisco Giants:

  • Betting Trends for san Francisco Giants

    • The Under is 8-1 in Giants last 9 road games
    • The Under is 6-2-1 in Giants last 9 Friday games
    • The Under is 14-6-1 in Giants last 21 games on grass

Betting trends for Oakland Athletics:

  • Betting Trends for Oakland Athletics

    • The Under is 8-1 in last 9 interleague games
    • The Over is 12-2-2- in Athletics last 16 Friday games
    • The Athletics are 21-6 in last 27 games

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