Oakland Athletics at San Francisco Giants Pick 7/14/2018
Event: A’s vs. Giants
Date/Time: July 14, 2018 at 10:10 PM EDT
Location: AT&T Park Park
Money Line: OAK +103 / SF -113
Total line: 8.5
By Darin Zank
It’s a great weekend for baseball out by the Bay as the A’s, and Giants continue a three-game series at AT&T Park Saturday night (10:05 ET). How are we playing Game 2 with our free daily MLB betting picks?
The MLB Betting Line
Saturday’s MLB betting odds opened San Francisco and Jeff Samardzija at around -113 over Oakland and Brett Anderson, with an over/under of 8.5 runs. In early betting action, both those figures were holding steady.
The Giants could also be found getting upwards of +175 giving the run and a half on the MLB run line.
San Francisco grabbed the opener of this series Friday night 7-1. That game was tied at 1-1 into the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Giants took the lead on a Buster Posey base hit, then added a five spot in the bottom of the seventh to pull away for the victory. San Francisco won as -150 favorites on the MLB betting line and cashed in at +150 against the run line.
Even with Friday’s loss, Oakland is 7-0-1 over its last eight series and 19-6 over its last 25 games. At 53-42 the A’s trail division-leading Houston by nine games in the AL West, and they now sit just five games back of Seattle in the battle for the second American League wild-card spot.
The Giants, meanwhile, are 5-1-1 over their last seven series and with Friday’s win 15-8 over their last 23 games. At 50-46 San Francisco trails the division-leading Dodgers by three games in the NL West and trails Atlanta by three games in the battle for the second National League wild-card spot.
This series is the first encounter between these local rivals this season. Last year these teams split four meetings, although the Giants outscored the A’s 27-20.
On the personnel front, Oakland 2B Jed Lowrie left Friday’s game with a sore hip, and he’s questionable for the rest of this series.
Samardzija (1-5, 6.42), by our strict standards, is a “perfect” 0/9 on quality starts this season. Last Saturday, in his first outing after a five-week stint on the DL, Samardzija gave up three runs and seven hits through five innings of a 3-2 loss to St. Louis. On the season San Francisco is just 2-7 with Samardzija, with the overs going 6-2.
In one start last year against the A’s Samardzija allowed four runs – three earned – and six hits through eight innings of a 10-4 Giants victory.
Lefty Anderson (1-2, 5.75) is just 1/5 on quality starts this year. Last Sunday, in his first start after doing six weeks on the DL, Anderson held Cleveland scoreless on three hits through five innings of a 6-0 A’s win. On the year Oakland is 3-2 with Anderson, with the unders going 4-1.
This will be Anderson’s first start against San Francisco since 2015 when he was a Dodger.
We’re calling this pitching match-up a wash.
Saturday’s Batting Splits
Oakland ranks 8th in the Majors this year against right-handed pitching with a .252 team batting average, 12th with a .322 team OBP and 5th with a .432 team slugging percentage.
San Francisco ranks 18th against left-handed pitching with a .239 BA, 21st with a .306 OBP and 22md with a .381 slugging percentage.
So the A’s own our handicapping check-mark in the battling splits for Saturday.
The Oakland bullpen ranks 9th in the ML with a 3.59 ERA and 11th with a 1.27 WHIP while going 28/35 on save opportunities.
The Giants pen ranks 11th in ERA at 3.64 and 10th in WHIP at 1.24 while going 22/40 on save opportunities.
Even though the A’s bullpen got knocked around for five runs Friday night, we’re giving them a short edge in the overall comparison.
The overs are 25-20 in games played at AT&T Park this year, which are averaging 8.8 total runs per.
Free MLB Picks
Oakland is 39-25 against RH starters this season; San Francisco is 19-19 vs. LH starters. Also, the A’s own two of our baseball handicapping check-marks, and they’ve just been playing some very good ball as of late. We’ll take Oakland at the underdog price for Saturday.
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