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Oakland Athletics vs. San Francisco Giants Prediction,
Preview,
and Odds - 8-13-2019

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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#925 Oakland
A's 7.5
#926 San Francisco
Giants -110

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 9:45pm

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Game Stats

Oakland A's
B. ANDERSON

67 - 51

10
W's
7
L's
3.99
ERA
1.27
WHIP

San Francisco Giants
M. BUMGARNER

59 - 60

7
W's
7
L's
3.68
ERA
1.13
WHIP

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The Oakland Athletics head to Oracle Park to face the resurgent San Francisco Giants in the series opener in an Interleague match-up on Tuesday night. Madison Bumgarner will start for the Giants. He is unbeaten in his last nine starts. Left-handed Brett Anderson will start for the A’s.

The Giants have a losing home record (28-32), while the Athletics have been classy on the road, with a 30-28 record.

Athletics clinical, but batting a worry?

To date, the Oakland Athletics have had a season they can be proud of. They haven’t been able to keep up with the superiority of the Houston Astros, leaders of the AL West, but the A’s have easily been the second-best team in the division as evidenced by their recent form this deep in the season (six wins in their last nine games).

The Athletics closed out their series against the Chicago White Sox with typical class, shutting out the White Sox in a 2-0 win. Chris Bassitt threw seven innings, allowing four hits with two walks while striking out seven batters. An ERA of 4.05 puts them tied with the Chicago Cubs, fifth in the MLB.

Considering a modus operandi that revolves around clinical pitching, the Athletics batting has stood out too. They have hit a total of 599 runs, with 558 RBI, which puts them 10th in the MLB batting charts. They’d be pleased with those statistics going into the final leg of the regular season.

Still, there are areas to improve as the Athletics struck out 16 times against the White Sox. “It’s a lot better feeling when you strike out that many times when you win the game than if you lose it,” manager Bob Melvin said. “At least we didn’t have to run down the line too hard today and nobody got hurt pulling any hamstrings.”

Injury update:
AJ Puk and Jesus Luzardo’s status remains day-to-day. Puk should return to the Athletics’ lineup at some point during their run at home. Stephen Piscotty missed the White Sox decider due to illness.

Giants one game away from Arizona and 0.500

After a four-game losing streak that saw the San Francisco Giants slump below 0.500, they seem to have regained some lost ground with a clinical series against the Philadelphia Phillies. They rounded off the series with a 9-6 victory on Sunday that improved their record to 59-60, one win away from 0.500.

The Giants may have scored nine runs against the Phillies, but there are some serious concerns around their batting prowess. Overall, they are ranked 26th in the MLB, with just 511 runs and 972 hits in 119 games. Lots of work to do with Arizona (59-59) ahead of them and San Diego behind.

The Giants pitching has kept them in several games this season. An ERA of 4.37 is very respectable, keeping their opponents’ batting average down to .252. With a tough series against the Athletics coming up, the Giants will depend on Bumgarner and the pitching again.

Injury update:
Pablo Sandoval is day-to-day with some inflammation in his right elbow. He was therefore limited to pinch-hitting against the Phillies.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Put the batting and pitching of these two sides together. You would see a massive difference in the combined ability of both these teams. The Giants may have Bumgarner in this game, but it might not be enough because their batting has been decidedly under-par this season.

The Athletics have been a force this year with their pitching. That is unlikely to change against the Giants. With form, confidence and history on their side, the Athletics seems a rather obvious choice.

Prediction: Oakland Athletics

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Bases loaded, homers, runs. That just seems difficult to envision in this game. There will plausibly be a slow start to the game, with a run or a mistake deciding the game. The total handicap is likely to be significantly lower than average, but I’d still back the under when two decent pitching teams go head to head.

Prediction: Under

Nikhil Kalro

Nikhil has been working with ESPN since the age of 18 and covers cricket for their website ESPNcricinfo. When not writing or editing news, game reports, commentary and analysis stories, he is following American sports. A love for stats and patterns, research and results and plain simple learning with a few years of handicapping experience makes him almost 0.500 reliable. A degree in business administration and a keen eye for volatile industries like the stock market help too.

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