Oakland Athletics vs. San Francisco Giants Betting Preview

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The Oakland Athletics will be taking on the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The game gets underway 4:05 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – California will showcase this interleague showdown.

Oakland Athletics vs. San Francisco Giants Odds

Oakland (+115) is the underdog to San Francisco (-125) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this day game at 8.5 runs. Odds for wagering on the games total stand at -105 for the over and -115 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the current odds sitting at -180 for the Athletics +1.5 runs and +160 for the Giants -1.5.

The Giants are 50-47 straight up (SU) and 53-43 against the spread (ATS). The teams gained 10.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 9.2 units (ATS). San Francisco has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Athletics are 54-42 SU and have gone 49-46 ATS. In total, the teams gained 16.3 units for moneyline bettors and 1.9 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the over has cashed in three of those seven.

Giants games have had an over/under record of 45-48-3 so far in 2018. Oakland has an over/under record of 46-42-7.

Southpaw Sean Manaea will get the nod for the visiting Athletics. Manaea is 8-6 with a 3.44 ERA and 82 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Giants this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-1, 6.00 ERA over three innings).

The Giants are planning to start lefty Andrew Suarez (3-5, 3.75 ERA), who has 77 punchouts and 19 walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 1.23. Suarez did not record any MLB pitching stats in 2017.

As a unit, San Francisco’s pitchers have given up 4.3 runs per game overall in 2018. The teams starters have 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, 1.25 WHIP and 8.8 K/9.

San Francisco’s offense is putting up 4.1 runs per outing, including 3.7 per game over its last 10 games and 3.4 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .240/.325/.317 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

The Giants batters have been led by shortstop Brandon Crawford and right fielder Andrew McCutchen. Crawford is hitting .289/.361/.458 with 10 home runs, 39 RBIs and 41 runs scored, and McCutchen’s line is .263/.351/.414 with nine homers, 40 RBIs and 49 runs.

For the visitors, Oakland’s pitching staff allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starters own a 4.37 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 6.47 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.53, along with a WHIP of 1.24 and a K-per-9 of 8.63.

Athletics hitters have slashed .246/.317/.422 on their way to 4.6 runs scored per game this season, including 4.6 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.8 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Oakland’s hitters have been paced by second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien, who’ve collectively launched 23 home runs. Lowrie is slashing .288/.359/.497 with 16 home runs, 62 RBIs and 42 runs scored, while Semien is hitting .255/.308/.371 with seven homers, 33 RBIs, 51 runs and 10 steals.

The Athletics have lost 2.1 units and are 16-15 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has cashed in 14 of those games, compared to 13 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Giants have netted 1.8 units and are 19-18 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The overs cashed in 20 of those games, compared to 17 that went under the total.

Oakland Athletics at San Francisco Giants Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • Oakland has tallied 17 extra-base hits over its last five games. San Francisco has 11 XBH over its last five.
  • The Athletics have won three of their last four games SU.
  • San Francisco has posted 20.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 21.0 over its last five.
  • The Athletics have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games. The Giants have hit four over their last 10.