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Oakland Athletics (67–51) vs San Francisco Giants (59–60)

Date: August 13, 2019
Game Time: 9:45 pm

MLB Odds: Athletics +100 | Giants -120, O/U 8

The battle of the bay kicks off tonight at Oracle Park with the Oakland Athletics on the road for a brief two-game interleague series vs the San Francisco Giants.

Pitching Matchup
Oakland Athletics: Brett Anderson (10–7, 3.99 ERA)
San Francisco Giants: Madison Bumgarner (7–7, 3.74 ERA)

Oakland enters this series 10.0 games behind the Astros in the AL West, however, they sit 2.0 games behind the Rays for the 2nd Wild Card spot. Brett Anderson climbs the hill in Game 1 after picking up the win in his last start one week ago vs the Chicago Cubs, throwing 6.0 innings, 7 hits, 2 ER and 3 strikeouts. Anderson picked up his first win in four starts and he is 1–2 with a 5.09 ERA in this last three outings. Anderson is 2–4 with a 4.78 ERA in 11 career starts vs the Giants. Offensively, the Athletics average 5.03 RPG and 184 home runs on the season. The A’s have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Oakland Athletics have won seven of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs.

After taking three of four from the Phillies, San Francisco entered Monday third in the NL West, 19.5 games behind the Dodgers but 3.5 games behind the Cardinals for the second wild-card spot. Madison Bumgarner will get the call on Tuesday night after shutting down the Phillies in his last start, throwing seven innings, allowing no runs on one hit with one walk and three strikeouts in a 5–0 Giants victory. Bumgarner is 4–2 with a 4.81 ERA in seven career starts against the A’s. Bumgarner faced Oakland twice last season and allowed a total of four runs and five hits in 10 innings while striking out 10 and walking nine.

The Athletics are 22–7 in their last 29 vs. a team with a losing record, 7–0 in Andersons last 7 road starts, 13–3 in their last 16 games following an off day but 1–5 in Andersons last 6 road starts vs. a team with a losing record.

The Giants are 1–5 in their last 6 interleague home games, 6–0 in Bumgarner’s last 6 home starts vs. a team with a winning record, 7–0 in Bumgarner’s last 7 home starts but 1–5 in Bumgarner’s last 6 interleague starts.

Don’t be fooled by the Giants recent series win over an inconsistent Phillies team. The Giants offense has not been good this season and while Bumgarner has pitched well, the Athletics offense is far superior. Oakland is a true playoff contender while the Giants will fade out as the season winds on. The Athletics are 4–1 in the last 5 meetings vs the Giants and 5–2 the last 7 meetings in San Francisco. I’ll take the Oakland Athletics at plus money.

A’s vs Giants FREE Pick: Oakland Athletics +100

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