The seventh stop on Cactus League trail in Arizona is a stop in Scottsdale to visit cross the bay rival Oakland and dive into baseball futures Odds.
Because it is an even numbered year, the Giants are going to get a lot of attention, seeing they have won the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014. With added reinforcements to go along with a still strong core of players, the MLB odds still have San Francisco as a strong contender.
Billy Beane's "Money Ball" methods are broken and he's admitted as much for Oakland this offseason. He's on record as saying he liked how Houston rebuilt after plunging to the depths.
There will be familiar names in the A's lineup, but the future is not now with this franchise. Nonetheless, you still have to play with what you have and manager Bob Melvin hopes all the bad apples have been removed which destroyed the clubhouse last year and this team shows its typical heart.
Melvin's club should be better defensively, especially in the infield, with Jed Lowrie back at second base and Yonder Alonso coming over from San Diego at first.
Offensively, Oakland has a collection of streak hitters, led by Josh Reddick, Danny Valencia and Marcus Semein. Runs will probably come in bursts followed by droughts with this club.
With all the injuries to their pitching a year ago, until you get into the season, hard to say where the A's are. The bullpen has gone thru an extreme makeover, we will see how that plays out.
Without knowledge of the pitching staff, hard to like Oakland to go Over the total for MLB picks.
With all this in mind, the most valuable odds available for them are To Win AL West 5th (+2000) at YouWager, and their Win Total is currently being offered at 76.5
San Francisco Odds
In looking at the betting odds on the Giants, they really do not correlate with numbers saying they are more likely to win the World Series than the National League. Clearly the presumption is if they get there, they will be hard to beat.
Though San Fran paid quite a bit for Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto, not everyone is sold on their success. Samardzija basically pitched well for a year and half for the Cubs on bad teams and has been completely ineffective with both Oakland and the White Sox since. Maybe Cueto being back in the National League will help him because he did not offer much for Kansas City.
Along with Buster Posey, the San Francisco infield is one of the best in the NL and who doesn't like Madison Bumgarner and any bullpen manager Bruce Boche assembles.
Outfield has have a couple question marks, but based on success, every reason to like the Giants once again. We will see them one more time and give them our grades then.
In the meantime the best available odds can be found at Intertops: To win NL West 1st (+130) - NL 3rd (+500) - World Series 2nd (+900) and theit Season Wins Total is available at 88.5
Angel Pagan, Miguel Olivio and Conor Gillaspie each had two hits for San Francisco in 6-4 home loss.
Samardzija horrible spring continued giving up six runs in six innings, including two deep home runs. Though he did not walk a batter, he had two wild pitches and poor command of his fastball.
The A's starter Chris Bassitt was only better because he gave up four runs, but was batted around for eight hits and despite good velocity, was missing his spots in 5 1/3 innings.
Matt Chapman and newly acquired Chris Coughlin each hit two-run homers for Oakland, as the Giants left-fielder just looked up with how far and deep they were hit.