Oakland Athletics (3-7) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (4-6)
A pair of teams on two-game winning streaks face one another when the Oakland Athletics take on the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday. Oakland defeated Houston on Saturday, 7-3. That gave them victories in three of their last four games. Arizona shutout Cincinnati on Sunday, 7-0.
Oakland is the favorite at -135. The odds for Arizona are set at +115. The Athletics have beaten the Diamondbacks the last two times these teams have met, including a 5-1 victory back on August 20. Oakland is 6-4 in the last 10 meetings.
Montas Sharp in A’s VictoryFrankie Montas allowed one run in six innings to lead Oakland to a 7-3 victory over Houston on Saturday. A pair of runs in the fourth, fifth, and seventh-inning helped propel the A’s. Ramon Laureano had three hits, two runs, and drove in two runs. He hit his first home run of the season as did Seth Brown.
Oakland is 26th in runs per game at 3.20 and are last in runs allowed at 6.40. They are 29th in batting average at .189 but the bullpen has been exceptional, posting a 0.00 ERA through their first 10 games.
Chris Bassitt (0-2) will be going for Oakland. He has been hit hard in his first two starts, giving up three earned runs in 5.1 innings to Houston on April 1 and then four runs on nine hits in six innings to Los Angeles on April 6. Combined the right-hander has allowed seven runs on 13 hits in 11.1 innings pitched.
The Oakland offense has been led by Mark Canha with a .282 batting average, scoring 10 runs and homering two times this season. Jed Lowrie is hitting .294 with six runs scored and five RBI.
Weaver Nearly No-Hits RedsLuke Weaver tossed seven shutout innings, allowing a one-out single in the seventh as his only hit in a 7-0 Diamondbacks victory over the Reds on Sunday. Weaver struck out eight and walked one in lowering his ERA to 2.13. David Peralta homered and drove in three runs and Eduardo Escobar hit his fourth homer of the year for Arizona.
Arizona is averaging 4.50 runs per game while allowing 5.20 per contest. They are 16th in batting at .230. Their bullpen has also not allowed an earned run the season.
The Diamondbacks counter with Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner is 0-1 with an 11.00 ERA through his first two starts. He was rocked by San Diego on April 1, giving up six runs on seven hits in four innings of work, then was shelled in Colorado on April 7, allowing five runs on eight hits in five innings. The left-hander has allowed 15 hits and 11 runs in 9.0 innings pitched.
Escobar leads the team with four homers and eight RBI, but is hitting just .216. Ketel Marte is off to a fast start, hitting .462 with five runs and five RBI. Arizona has hit 13 homers.
- 2-5 in their last seven interleague games.
- 3-8 in their last 11 games.
- 2-5 in their last seven games against NL West teams.
- 5-1 in their last six interleague games at home against a right-handed starter.
- 7-2 in their last nine games at home.
- 6-2 in the opening game of their last eight series.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
I find the fact that oddsmakers believe Oakland is the favorite to be quite surprising. The Diamondbacks are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings between these teams in Arizona and the Diamondbacks are playing much better baseball. I agree that Bumgarner is performing terribly right now, but Bassit is not much better. In fact, it would not be surprising to see this contest turned over the bullpens early on.
Arizona has had Oakland’s number in their own home park, and I expect that to be the case here as well.
Full-Game Total Pick
This is a very interesting call. The total is set at 9.5, and it could be that this is a slugfest early on. The question is how long either starter will stay in before their manager decides to turn the game over to their spectacular bullpens. The earlier that occurs, the less likely it is that the total goals over 9.5.
However, neither team can afford to burn out their bullpen in the first game of the series. Bumgarner has earned a reputation that will keep him in the game tell at least four and Bassitt has gone into the sixth in each of his starts.
Take Arizona to win, 6-5.