MLB Picks: Bet on the Locals in the Giants vs. Athletics Game

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 12:49 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 12:49 PM UTC

The Oakland Athletics have the best interleague record in the Majors, which provides them a major edge over the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night. Let’s take a closer look at the pro baseball odds for this Bay Area showdown at the Coliseum, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET.

Downward trend
San Francisco’s 7-19 record since June 9 is the worst record in baseball over that span, which has led directly to a one-game deficit in the NL West standings behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Giants’ bullpen has compiled a miserable 4.79 ERA over the last 26 games, which is far different than their 2.38 mark before this recent stretch of futility.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 23-33 in July, with the OVER going 30-24-2 in that situation.

Firing on all cylinders
Oakland is starting to receive a lot of action to win the 2014 World Series in the futures market, considering it possesses the best record (56-33) and run differential (+140) in baseball, as it looks to win a sixth consecutive game after picking up a 5-0 victory over San Francisco as -166 home favorites Monday.

The Athletics are a dominating 31-16 versus National League opponents dating back to the start of the 2012 campaign, including an 8-1 mark this season.

MLB handicappers will also find that the squad has captured 20 of 28 games when taking on left-handed starters in 2014.

Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (9-6, 3.09 ERA) is mired in a personal two-game losing streak—allowing 10 runs (nine earned) and 15 hits over 11 home innings against the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds in that span.

The left-hander is 6-1 with a 1.32 ERA in nine road appearances—issuing just 10 walks and striking out 64 batters in 61.1 combined frames.

Bumgarner has produced a 1-1 record and 5.68 ERA in two career starts versus the Athletics.

Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray (8-3, 3.08 ERA) has led the club to three consecutive wins, including a 4-1 home victory over the Toronto Blue Jays last time out, as he gave up a single run and four hits over seven strong innings.

The right-hander is 5-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 10 home efforts—serving up just three home runs in 64.2 combined frames.

Gray has yet to earn a decision while registering a 5.14 ERA in three lifetime starts versus NL opponents, as he prepares to face the Giants for the first time.

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Athletics as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 21-6 in their last 27 interleague home games versus southpaw starters.
Pick:  Oakland Athletics

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