San Francisco Giants (50-48, 19-29 Away) vs Oakland Athletics (55-42, 24-21 Home)
Saturday, July 21st, 9:05 PM EST
Line: Athletics -120, Over/Under 8
Featured Matchup by James Gunnar
An interleague, Battle of the Bay matchup on Saturday night when the San Francisco Giants take on the Oakland Athletics in Oakland Coliseum. The Athletics are surprise contenders during the first half of the season, currently 3.0 games out in the AL Wildcard entering the home series vs the Giants. San Francisco is 4.0 games behind the Braves for the second Wildcard spot in the NL.
Starting Pitchers: Madison Bumgarner (3-3, 2.90 ERA) vs Trevor Cahill (1-2, 3.10 ERA)
The Oakland A’s won two of three vs the Giants just last week but Madison Bumgarner picked up the lone victory for the Giants leading them to a 7-1 win. Bumgarner pitched 6.0 strong innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 ER and 5 strikeouts leading to his second straight win. The Giants played ten straight games at home heading into the All-Star break so they hit the road, where they have not played particularly well, for the first time in 16 days. San Francisco is 19-29 on the road this season and 3-3 over their last 6 road games, however, they are 4-1 in Bumgarner’s last five starts.
Oakland will be happy to be home after playing ten straight games on the road leading into the All-Star break. The A’s have actually played better on the road (31-21) than at home (24-21) but their recent road trip lends to their success away from the Coliseum. Tonight, the A’s will send Trevor Cahill to the mound who has suffered through four-straight no decisions. Oakland is just 1-4 in Cahill’s last five starts but the nine-year veteran right-hander is 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP in four starts here at home.
Both teams offensively average north of 4.0 runs per game but the Athletics have a little more pop to their bats as they have hit 127 home runs compared to 91 for the Giants. Both bullpens are relatively strong with a 3.50 ERA for the A’s compared to 3.65 ERA for the Giants. The key to this game will be starting pitching. From a macro standpoint, Madison Bumgarner is the better pitcher but the Giants are a woeful 2-10 over Bumgarner’s last 12 road starts which is concerning. Bumgarner is 0-2 with a no-decision on the road this season and backing the A’s has been money in recent weeks. Cahill didn’t impress with his last outing but he doesn’t need to be perfect vs this Giants offense that averages just 3.50 runs on the road. I’ll take the hot team at home and back the A’s -120.
Giants vs Athletics Pick: Athletics -120
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