MLB Picks: Giants vs. Athletics Series Coverage

Jeff Grant

Monday, May 27, 2013 11:42 AM GMT

The Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants are two of the hotter teams in baseball, as they prepare to open up the Bay Bridge Series on Memorial Day.


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 4:05 p.m. ET. 

Sitting atop the standings

San Francisco is tied atop the NL West standings with the Colorado Rockies, which was made possible by picking up a 7-3 victory over them as -165 home favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.

The Giants are 4-6 as road favorites during the 2013 MLB campaign, with the OVER going 7-3 in that situation.

Taking advantage of the situation 

Oakland has a very respectable 28-23 overall record, but it’s important to consider it has won all nine meetings with the lowly Houston Astros, including a 6-2 win as -169 road favorites Sunday. 

The Athletics are 24-21 at home underdogs of +100 to +125 the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 24-17-4 in those 45 opportunities. 

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Bumgarner

Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (4-2, 2.89 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 2-1 home loss to the Washington Nationals last time out, as he allowed one run and four hits over seven frames, while allowing a home run for the third time in four affairs.

The left-hander is 2-1 with a 3.08 ERA in four road games, with opposing batters hitting .198 against him.

In four daytime starts this season, Bumgarner has compiled a 2-0 record and 1.61 ERA, issuing seven walks and striking out 29 batters in 28 combined frames.

Straily

Athletics starting pitcher Daniel Straily (2-2, 5.73 ERA) snapped a two-game losing streak last time out, as he picked up an impressive 1-0 road victory over the Texas Rangers, as he allowed just two hits over seven scoreless frames. 

The right-hander is 0-2 with a 7.22 ERA in six career starts at home—serving up 10 home runs in 28.2 combined innings.

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Athletics as one of their MLB picks Monday, as they’ve gone 16-5 in their last 21 home games following a road trip of seven or more days, while the Giants are 1-5 in their last six games as road favorites. 

MLB Pick: Oakland Athletics +105

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