MLB Picks: Bet Athletics -135 vs. Giants

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 12:24 PM UTC

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

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 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. 


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. 


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.



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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