Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Oakland Athletics Free Preview

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are ready to square off against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. NBC Sports – California is in line to televise this interleague matchup and the game gets going at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Arizona Diamondbacks at Oakland Athletics Odds

The Diamondbacks are 26-25 SU and are 23-27 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 3.4 units for moneyline gamblers, despite having lost 5.2 units ATS. The Athletics, on the other hand, are 27-25 SU and 23-28 ATS. They’ve gained 3.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 7.7 units ATS.

Oakland games have had an over/under record of 25-23-3 so far in 2018. Arizona has an over/under record of 22-26-2.

The right-handed Zack Greinke is getting the nod for the visiting Diamondbacks. Greinke is 3-3 with a 3.71 ERA and 67 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Athletics this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Athletics are sending righty Frankie Montas (0-0, ERA) to the mound. Montas has zero punchouts and zero walks to his name, as well as a WHIP. Montas did not record a start against the Diamondbacks in 2017.

As a unit, Oakland’s pitching staff has given up 4.5 runs per game overall this year. The clubs starters have a 4.38 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 7.0 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.67 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 8.1 K/9.

The Oakland hitters have put up 4.5 runs per contest, including 4.1 per game over its last 10 games and 2.0 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .161/.198/.277 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The Athletics offense has been led by second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien. Lowrie is slashing .307/.372/.513 with nine home runs, 38 RBIs and 20 runs scored, while Semiens line is .269/.316/.390 with five homers, 24 RBIs and 35 runs.

For the visiting squad, Arizona’s pitchers have allowed 3.6 runs per game and its starters own a 3.81 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 9.31 K/9. The bullpen has logged an outstanding ERA of just 2.59, along with a WHIP of 1.22.

The Diamondbacks offense has slashed .213/.293/.367 on its way to 3.7 runs scored per game in 2018, including 2.1 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 2.2 per game over the teams last five outings (1-4 SU).

Outfielders David Peralta and A.J. Pollock continue to lead Arizona’s offense. Peralta is hitting .268/.340/.436 with seven home runs, 21 RBIs and 21 runs scored, while Pollock (.293/.349/.620) is up to 11 homers, 33 RBIs, 23 runs and nine stolen bases.

The Diamondbacks have lost 4.1 units and are 12-18 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 12 of those games, compared to 18 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Athletics have netted 4.7 units and are 14-18 ATS when facing a righty starter. The overs hit in 18 of those games, compared to 13 that’ve gone under.

Arizona Diamondbacks at Oakland Athletics Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Athletics, ATS Winner – Diamondbacks, O/U – UNDER

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in four of Oakland’s last seven games.
  • Oakland has recorded 18.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 12.0 over its last five.
  • The Diamondbacks have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.