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#925 Oakland Athletics 7.5 vs.
#926 San Francisco Giants -110
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 9:45pm EDT
Written by Chris Kubala

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The two teams from opposite sides of the bay open up a short interleague set on the diamond. The Oakland A’s are on the road as they open a brief two-game interleague series with the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night. Oakland took two of three on the road over the White Sox, winning the rubber game by a 2-0 count Sunday afternoon. San Francisco claimed three of four from Philadelphia as they won the finale of that set 9-6 at home Sunday night. The A’s took four of the six meetings between the teams last season, claiming two of three games in both series.

Oakland A’s Pursuing AL Wild Card Spot

Oakland bounced back from a tough loss Saturday to earn the victory in the finale of the set Sunday afternoon, claiming a series win in the process. The A’s entered Monday second in the AL West, 10 games behind the Astros: they were 1.5 games behind Tampa Bay for the second wild card spot. Matt Olson (run, two RBI), Robbie Grossman and Chad Pinder each had two hits in the win: Olson’s 23rd homer of the season in the fourth inning provided the game’s only offense. Chris Bassitt (8-5) turned in a sparkling start to earn the win: he threw seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Liam Hendriks fanned a pair in a scoreless ninth for his 12th save of the year.

Brett Anderson makes his 24th start of the season in this contest for the A’s on the hill. He is 10-7 with a 3.99 ERA, a 1.271 WHIP, 36 walks and 67 strikeouts over 133 innings of work this season. Anderson picked up the win in his last start, which came on the road against the Cubs last Tuesday. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts in an 11-4 Oakland win. Anderson is 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, one walk and 10 strikeouts over 17.2 innings of work in this last three starts. He logs his 11th career start against the Giants in this contest: he is 2-4 with a 4.78 ERA, a 1.408 WHIP, 11 walks and 30 strikeouts over 49 innings of work. Anderson is 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP, six walks and 25 strikeouts over 33.1 innings in seven career starts at Oracle Park.

San Francisco Giants Hanging in NL Wild Card Chase

San Francisco took three of four from the Phillies to shake off a four-game losing skid and pushed back into the race for the wild card spots in the National League. The Giants entered Monday third in the NL West, 19.5 games behind the Dodgers: they stood 3.5 games behind the second wild card spot. San Francisco got three hits from Evan Longoria (two runs, two RBI) in the game while Scooter Gennett (his second) and Mike Yastrzemski (his 12th) each homered. Conner Menez didn’t factor in the decision as he allowed three runs on two hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 1.2 innings. Will Smith (4-0) blew the save but picked up the win: he threw 1.2 innings, allowing no runs or hits with two walks and a strikeout.

The Giants send their ace, Madison Bumgarner, to the mound for his 26th start of the season in this contest. He comes in 7-7 with a 3.74 ERA, a 1.134 WHIP, 31 walks and 145 strikeouts over 151.2 innings of work on the year. Bumgarner picked up the win in his last start, which came at home against the Phillies Thursday night. He threw seven innings, allowing no runs on one hit with one walk and three strikeouts in an eventual 5-0 Giants victory. Bumgarner is 2-0 with a 4.26 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, four walks and 11 strikeouts over 19 innings in his last three starts. He is 4-2 with a 4.81 ERA, a 1.442 WHIP, 20 walks and 36 strikeouts over 43 innings in seven career starts against the A’s. Bumgarner is 58-40 with a 2.73 ERA, a 1.061 WHIP, 212 walks and 891 strikeouts over 883.2 innings in 135 career starts at Oracle Park.

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Anderson has done a decent enough job for the A’s this season as a reclamation project off the scrap heap. After all, his 10 wins this season are more than he had in 2016-18 combined (nine): he pitched for four teams in that three-year stretch. Bumgarner is unbeaten since June 20: while he hasn’t racked up the wins in that stretch, the Giants’ surge in July kept him from potentially being dealt at the deadline. Both teams are chasing potential wild card berths but you have to go with the guy with the better track record. Bumgarner is pitching well of late and he gives the Giants the edge in this contest as they take the opener.

Prediction: San Francisco Giants -120

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San Francisco’s offense, which has been stagnant at home all season, showed some signs of life against the Phillies over the weekend. The Giants scored a total of 23 runs in the four games, putting at least five runs on the board in three of the four contests. While San Francisco is still weak offensively, they enter this contest with some decent numbers on the mound. The Giants are 12th in team ERA with a 4.37 mark and stand 14th with a 1.31 WHIP. Oakland has been better offensively on the road (5.27 runs per game) than at home (4.8 rpg) this season: can the A’s get the power game going in the spacious confines of Oracle Park?

The under is 3-0-1 in the A’s last 4 road games, 3-0-1 in their last four on grass, 4-0 in their last 4 after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game, 3-0-1 in their last four overall and 7-1 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. San Francisco has seen the under go 6-0-1 in their last 7 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game, 6-0-1 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 6-1 in their last 7 vs. American League West teams. Given the fact that offense is hard to come by at Oracle Park, this one ends up under the number.

Prediction: Under 8

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The Giants have played solid baseball over the last six or seven weeks, which has helped them push into the wild card picture. A good chunk of that can be attributed to Bumgarner, who is 4-0 in his last nine starts with a 2.78 ERA: opposing hitters are hitting just .212 against him over that span, with 10 walks and 52 strikeouts over 55 innings of work. Oakland won’t have the DH in this one and Bumgarner is more than capable of swinging the lumber. The Giants, who are 8-1 in that nine start stretch when their ace is on the mound, has the lead after five innings.

Prediction: San Francisco Giants -120

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While San Francisco had a good weekend offensively against the Phillies, the fact remains that they are still 27th in the majors with 4.29 runs per game and 28th with a .239 team batting average. Oracle Park has been the worst park offensively this season and there’s not much reason to expect that things are magically going to change here. Bumgarner has posted a 3.08 ERA and a 0.981 WHIP over 87.2 innings in 14 starts at Oracle Park this season and that’s in a down year. This one ends up under the number after five innings.

Prediction: Under 4.5
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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.