MLB Picks: Bet Athletics -135 vs. Giants

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 12:24 PM GMT

Tuesday, May. 28, 2013 12:24 PM GMT

The Oakland Athletics have caught fire since mid-May, as they get set to close out a two-game home series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this interleague matchup at the O.co Coliseum, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET.

Check out our Tuesday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report

Shut down 

San Francisco has scored two or fewer runs in each of its last five losses, including a 4-1 series-opening setback to the Oakland Athletics as -116 road favorites Monday, while going UNDER the betting total of 7.5.

The Giants are still 15-7 when playing against a team with a winning record this season, with the OVER going 14-7-1 in that situation. 

Putting things together 

Oakland has pushed its record to 12-11 in the month of May, as it has captured nine of its last 10 games, with the pitching staff leading the way in compiling a 2.33 ERA over that span. 

The Athletics are 36-17 as home favorites of -125 to -150 the last two-plus seasons, but are just 4-4 within that price range in 2013. 

Kickham 

Starting pitcher Mike Kickham will become the first member of the Giants’ 2010 draft class to reach the majors, as he tallied a 3-4 mark and 4.33 ERA in 10 starts with Triple-A Fresno. 

The left-hander has gone 3-1 with a 1.72 ERA in his past five assignments, while ranking third in the Pacific Coast League with 54 strikeouts in as many innings. 

Parker 

Athletics starting pitcher Jarrod Parker (2-6, 5.76 ERA) will look to bounce back from a 3-1 road loss to the Texas Rangers last time out, as he allowed three runs and six hits over seven solid innings.  

The right-hander is 1-3 with a 7.43 ERA in five home appearances—issuing 13 walks and striking out 17 batters in 26.2 combined frames. 

In two career starts versus the Giants, Parker has compiled an 0-1 record and 7.88 ERA, but he surrendered just one run on four hits in six innings against them at this ballpark on June 22 of last season.

[gameodds]3/228201/43/us[/gameodds]

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Athletics as one of their MLB picks Tuesday, as they’ve gone 19-7 in their last 26 interleague home games versus left-handed starters, while the Giants are 0-4 in their last four road games versus a team with a winning record.

MLB Pick:  Oakland Athletics -135 at Bet365

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