The Arizona Diamondbacks head to Oakland to battle the Athletics in the first of a two-game interleague series on Tuesday night from the Coliseum. The D-Backs have a ton of injuries to the pitching staff and will have Jon Duplantier start this game as a result. Chris Bassitt is targeting his sixth win of the season for the A’s. Oakland leads the season series 2-0.
Duplantier Starts, D-Backs Continue to Stumble
Jon Duplantier will make his third start of the season in the series opener. Duplantier has struggled in his two performances this season. The young right-hander allowed four runs in 4.2 innings against the Cardinals in his season debut late last month and surrendered five runs including three home runs in 4.2 innings against the Brewers in a 7-4 loss. He had trouble in his 2019 rookie season as well, recording a 4.42 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP in 15 appearances.
It’s been loss after loss for Arizona these days. They were dealt a four-game sweep by the Brewers this weekend and have now lost five games in a row. The injuries to the starting pitching has been the big issue as Gallen, Weaver, and Widener are all on the IL.
Ketel Marte continues to shine at the plate, accumulating 13 hits and six RBI’s in his last seven games. The 27-year old second baseman has missed time due to injury and would probably be among the league leaders if he played a full slate of games. Marte is hitting .382 with 14 RBI’s and a 1 OPS on the year.
Arizona is scoring an average of 4.38 runs on the season, placing them 16th overall. The pitching staff has filed a Major League worst 4.99 team ERA.
Bassitt Targets Sixth Victory, A's Earn Another Series Win
The A's will have Chris Bassitt make his 13th start of the season on Tuesday. Bassitt didn’t have his best stuff last time out, squandering four runs in four innings against the Mariners, and managed to escape with the no-decision in a game the A’s won. Overall, the veteran right-hander is having an outstanding season and is usually very effective as seen in his 3.53 ERA and 1.04 WHIP accompanied by a 5-2 record in 74 innings of action. He limited the D-Backs to just two runs in five innings in April and has held them to five runs in 10.1 career innings.
First-place Oakland has won two consecutive series against the Mariners and Rockies. They are back home after posting a 4-2 on their six-game road trip which was propelled by consistent offense. They continue to go deep, bashing 77 big flies.
Watch for Jed Lowrie who had a big series against Arizona earlier this season, accumulating six RBI’s in only two games. The 37-year old second baseman still brings a lot to the table, posting 28 RBI’s along with a .715 OPS on the season. He has four base hits in his last three clashes.
Oakland stands 15th in the big leagues with 4.40 runs per game. The pitching is solid, recording a 3.98 team ERA, placing them 13th overall.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are:
- 0-4 in their last 4 games in Oakland.
- 13-39 in their last 52 road games.
- 0-7 in their last 7 games in the first game of a series.
The Oakland Athletics are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.
- 5-0 in Bassitt's last 5 starts.
- 4-1 in their last 5 interleague games against a team with a losing record.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
It’s been a disastrous month for Arizona who continues to lose a ton of games. They recently lost 13 consecutive games and have now lost another five straight. This is a tough series in Oakland, especially when considering Oakland swept them in the first series. The A’s are going to have no issues scoring against Duplantier who has surrendered nine runs in 8.2 innings.
Furthermore, A’s starter Chris Bassitt is usually very effective, allowing two or fewer runs in eight out of his last 10 starts overall. He limited Arizona to just two runs in April in a game Oakland won by a 9-5 score. Oakland continues to thrive, winning four out of their last five and I expect a convincing win in this one.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Diamondbacks' pitching has been clobbered during their losing streaks and the over has been the reliable play as a result. They have squandered five or more runs in six out of their last seven games, and Oakland scored nine and seven runs respectably in the two meetings this season. The over is 7-3 in the A’s last 10 home games against a right-handed starter.
In addition, the D-Backs offense is decent, plus they have scored 10 runs in two games against Oakland in April. They have some good hitters capable of home runs. The over is 8-2 in the D-Backs’ last 10 games overall.
Full-Game Prop Bet
The over on the A’s team total is a solid prop bet. Oakland is hot at the plate, scoring five or more runs in five out of their last six games overall and as mentioned Arizona’s pitching is their biggest fault. Their bullpen ranks 24th overall with a subpar 4.73 ERA on the season.
First Five Innings Prop Prediction
I expect Oakland to score first. Chris Bassitt owns a respectable 3.00 ERA in the first inning and a 3.75 ERA in the second frame. Arizona does score many early runs with 28 in the first and second inning. Also, the A’s highest-scoring stretch occurs in innings 1-3 with 90 runs.