Oakland A’s (47-60 SU, 54-53 RL, 58-45-4 O/U) vs. San Francisco Giants (41-67 SU, 43-65 RL, 51-48-9 O/U)
MLB: Thursday, August 3, 2017, AT&T Park, San Francisco, California, 10:15 pm ET
Lines: San Francisco -131, Oakland +121; Over/Under: 8.5
It’s the conclusion of a four game, two city interleague set between teams from both sides of the San Francisco Bay. The Oakland A’s play the second of their two games on the road against the San Francisco Giants Thursday night as the series switches venues. Oakland took the opening game of the series, winning 8-5 at home Monday night. The Giants evened the series by claiming a 10-4 victory in Tuesday’s matchup. The pitching matchup for the third game of the series, which opened up the San Francisco portion, saw Daniel Gossett pitch for Oakland against San Francisco’s Matt Moore. First pitch in the game was set for 10:15 pm ET.
Oakland A’s Seek Road Win in Finale
Oakland couldn’t build on their win Monday as they were behind from the get-go and ended up blown out in Tuesday’s contest. The A’s gave up five runs in the top of the first and that was pretty much all she wrote: they failed to draw closer than three runs the rest of the way. Matt Joyce (run, three RBI) was the only Oakland player with two hits in the loss while Yonder Alonso drove in the other run. Sean Manaea (8-6) took the loss in a rough outing that wasn’t entirely his fault. He allowed six runs (two earned) on nine hits with a walk and a strikeout over three innings: an Alonso error led to four unearned runs.
Kendall Graveman takes the mound for the ninth time this season for Oakland in this contest. He is 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA, a 1.277 WHIP with 14 walks against 32 strikeouts over 47 innings of work this season. This is his first start in two and a half months as he was out with a right shoulder strain. Graveman took a no-decision in his last start, which came back on May 19 at home against the Red Sox. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts in a 3-2, 10 inning, Oakland victory. Graveman has no record with a 3.66 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, five walks and 13 strikeouts over 19.2 innings in his last three starts. He makes his third career start against the Giants in this contest. Graveman has an 0-1 record with a 11.37 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP over 6.1 innings of work against them. Both of those career starts against the Giants have come at AT&T Park.
San Francisco Giants Buried in NL West Basement
San Francisco snapped a four game losing skid by jumping out early in Tuesday’s contest. A five run first inning gave the Giants a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Buster Posey (run, two RBI) had three hits in the win for San Francisco. Nick Hundley (his fifth), Brandon Belt (his 17th) and Hunter Pence (his eighth) each homered in the victory. The Giants totaled 14 hits in the contest and could have done more damage had they gone better than 4 of 15 with runners in scoring position. Jeff Samardzija (6-11) picked up the win as he tossed eight innings: he allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Ty Blach makes his 25th appearance and 18th start of the year for the Giants here. He is 6-7 with a 4.38 ERA, a 1.327 WHIP, 25 walks and 56 strikeouts over 113 innings of work. Blach took the loss his last time out, which came against the Dodgers on the road Saturday. He threw seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts in a 2-1 Giants loss. Blach is 0-2 with a 3.43 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, four walks and 13 strikeouts over 21 innings in his last three starts. In his 29th major league appearance and 20th start of his career, he pitches against the A’s for the first time in his career. Blach is 4-4 with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.192 WHIP over 14 appearances, 11 starts, totaling 73 innings in his career at AT&T Park.
- Athletics are 1-5 in their last 6 interleague games vs. a left-handed starter
- Athletics are 1-6 in their last 7 games vs. a left-handed starter
- Athletics are 1-6 in their last 7 during game 4 of a series
- No Key Trends
The A’s are in the process of rebuilding and they finally get Graveman back in the mix rotation wise. He’s been out since mid-May with his shoulder strain and will get the last two months to try and prove his value again. The Giants are struggling right now but Blach is pitching well despite it not showing in the win column. San Francisco is at home here and that gives them the edge: look for the Giants to take the win here to guarantee no worse than a split of the four game set.
Pick: San Francisco Giants -131
A matchup of a pair of teams from the same geographical location with similar situations closes out their series here. Both teams are in the basement of their respective divisions and have struggled though for different reasons. The A’s continue to deal veterans to try and acquire some younger talent to bolster the farm system and potentially find some cornerstone players. San Francisco stumbled in the second half of last season, fell in the NLDS to the eventual champion Cubs and faded miserably this season. The reason is simple: the formula that worked in 2010, 2012 and 2014 simply isn’t a factor in today’s power happy environment.
The over is 2-0-2 in the Athletics last 4 on grass, 6-0 in their last 6 interleague games vs. a left-handed starter, 3-0-2 in their last 5 overall, 9-1-1 in their last 11 vs. National League West foes and 4-1-1 in their last 6 interleague road games. San Francisco has seen the over go 4-0 in their last 4 interleague home games vs. a team with a losing record, 7-0-1 in their last 8 vs. American League West opponents, 9-2-1 in their last 12 vs. a team with a losing record and 4-1-1 in their last 6 interleague home games. With Graveman coming back from the disabled list, he’s likely on a pitch count. The A’s bullpen is weak and this one pushes over the total.