Oakland Athletics at San Francisco Giants Free Preview

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The San Francisco Giants are playing host to the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park. NBC Sports – California is in line to televise this interleague matchup and the game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET.

Oakland Athletics at San Francisco Giants Odds

San Francisco (-115) is favored over Oakland (+105) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this one at 8.5 runs (-105 for the over and -115 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the odds coming in at Athletics +1.5 runs (-200) and Giants -1.5 runs (+170).

The Athletics have gone 53-42 SU this year and are 49-45 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 17.3 units for moneyline bettors and 3.6 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven. The Giants, on the other hand, are 50-46 SU and 52-43 ATS. The teams gained 9.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 7.7 units ATS. San Francisco has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.

Giants games have an over/under record of 45-48-2 so far in 2018. The Athletics have an over/under record of 46-42-6.

The left-handed Brett Anderson will get the nod for the visiting Athletics. Anderson is 1-2 with a 5.75 ERA and 11 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Giants this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Giants will put the ball in the right hand of Jeff Samardzija (1-5, 6.42 ERA, 1.67 WHIP), who’s got 29 strikeouts and 24 walks. Samardzija only made one start against the Athletics in 2017 (1-0, 3.38 ERA and five strikeouts across eight innings).

As a unit, San Francisco’s pitching staff has allowed 4.3 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.22, a WHIP of 1.36 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.2. The bullpen has a 3.64 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 8.6 K/9.

San Francisco’s offense has produced 4.1 runs per outing, including 3.5 per game over its last 10 games and 5.4 per game over its last five. The teams hit .272/.350/.366 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Brandon Crawford and outfielder Andrew McCutchen have led the Giants hitters this year. Crawford is hitting .292/.361/.463 with 10 home runs, 39 RBIs and 41 runs scored, and McCutchen is hitting .262 with nine homers, 40 RBIs and 49 runs.

In the visiting dugout, Oakland’s pitching staff allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starters own a 4.35 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 6.50 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.59, along with a K/9 of 8.56.

The Athletics offense has slashed .245/.317/.422 on its way to 4.6 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.8 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.4 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Oakland’s offense has been fueled by second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien, who’ve collectively swatted 23 home runs. Lowrie is slashing .289/.360/.499 with 16 home runs, 62 RBIs and 42 runs scored, while Semien (.253/.307/.371) is up to seven homers, 33 RBIs, 51 runs and nine stolen bases.

The Athletics have gained 18.4 units and are 33-31 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in 32 of those games, as opposed to 29 that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Giants have netted 1.8 units and are 19-18 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in 20 of those games, as opposed to 17 that’ve cashed the under.

Oakland Athletics vs. San Francisco Giants Free Prediction

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in three of San Francisco’s last seven games.
  • The Athletics have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games. The Giants have hit four over their last 10.
  • San Francisco has averaged 19.1 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 contests and 26.2 over its last five.
  • The Giants have won four of their last five games SU.