Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Oakland Athletics Free Preview

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The Oakland Athletics will play host to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. NBC Sports – California will be showing this interleague showdown and the game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Oakland Athletics Odds

Arizona (+140) is the underdog to Oakland (-150) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this game at 9 runs (-110 for the over and -110 for the under). Runline odds stand at -155 for taking the Diamondbacks +1.5 runs and +135 for the Athletics -1.5.

The Diamondbacks are 26-24 SU and have gone 22-27 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 2.2 units for moneyline bettors, despite having lost 6.2 units ATS. Arizona has covered the spread only once over its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Athletics, on the other hand, are 26-25 SU and 23-27 ATS. They’ve gained 4.5 units for moneyline bettors while earning 6.7 units ATS. Oakland has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.

Oakland games have had an over/under record of 24-23-3 so far in 2018. Arizona has an over/under record of 21-26-2.

Clay Buchholz is getting the start for Arizona. The right-handed Buchholz is 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA and two strikeouts. He has yet to face the Athletics this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Athletics will turn to righty Daniel Mengden (4-4, 3.30 ERA), who’s got 38 strikeouts and six walks as well as a WHIP of 1.08. Mengden did not record a start against the Diamondbacks in 2017.

As a unit, Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.6 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have an ERA of 4.52, a WHIP of 1.23 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.1. The bullpen has a 3.67 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 8.1 K/9.

Oakland’s hitters have produced 4.5 runs per outing, including 4.3 per game over its last 10 games and 3.2 per game over their last five. The teams hit .190/.241/.276 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that span.

Second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien have led the Athletics batters this year. Lowrie is slashing .313/.379/.523 with nine home runs, 38 RBIs and 20 runs scored, while Semien is hitting .269 with five homers, 24 RBIs and 35 runs.

In the visiting dugout, Arizona’s pitchers have allowed 3.6 runs per game and its starters own a 3.86 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 9.42 K/9. The bullpen has managed an outstanding ERA of just 2.52, along with a K/9 of 8.13.

Diamondbacks hitters have slashed .216/.296/.373 on their way to 3.7 runs scored per game this year, including 2.3 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 2.4 per game over the teams last five contests (1-4 SU).

Outfielders David Peralta and A.J. Pollock have led Arizona’s hitters. Peralta is slashing .269/.342/.440 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 righty starter this season. The over has hit in 12 of those games, compared to 18 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Athletics have netted 4.7 units and are 14-18 ATS when facing a righty starter. The overs cashed in 18 of those games, compared to 13 that went under the total.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Oakland Athletics Prediction

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

Betting Trends

  • The Diamondbacks have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.
  • Oakland has recorded 19.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 15.6 over its last five.