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2019-08-14
Oakland Athletics
San Francisco Giants
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San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics Prediction & Preview

San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics 2019-08-14 MLB,

GAME SNAPSHOTWITH CURRENT LINE
#925 Oakland
A's 7.5
 
#926 San Francisco
Giants -120
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 9:45pm
Image licensed from USA Today Sports
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
 
 
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.













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