Free MLB Pick: Giants vs Athletics Odds
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2021 MLB Handicapping
(78-43) San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics (69-53)
Date: Friday, August 20th
Time: 9:40 PM ET
Venue: RingCentral Coliseum, Oakland, California
Projected Pitchers: Alex Wood vs. James Kaprielian
MLB Moneyline Odds: Giants -122 | Athletics +102
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Giants -1.5 (+140)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9
It’s looking like a good weekend of baseball in the Bay. The 1st place Giants try to hold on to their 3 game lead over the red hot Dodgers while the A’s try to bust out of a mini slump and make up the 2.5 game deficit in the AL West.
Oakland does come into Friday night’s contest with a little momentum, avoiding the sweep in Chicago with a 5-4 win on Thursday afternoon. The Giants meanwhile couldn’t pull off a sweep, falling 6-2 in extra innings to the Mets to snap a 3-game win streak.
San Francisco Giants
This is actually the second series of the year between the Interleague rivals, with San Francisco taking 2 of 3 at home back at the end of June. The A’s actually outscored the Giants 11-10 in that series, but were still only able to escape with one victory.
The Giants have some value at just -122, as they’ve won 9 of their last 11 games. SF is 12 games above .500 on the road this season and are 20-7 in their last 27 road games vs. a RH starter.
San Francisco did not face Friday’s starter James Kaprielian in that earlier series, as the rookie is making just his 16th career start. What the Giants are hoping is that Kris Bryant continues to come around as he had a 2 HR game last series vs. the Mets. Bryant followed that up 2ith a 3 K game last time out though.
Alex Wood (10-3, 4.14 ERA) will make his second start of the year vs. Oakland. The lefty gave up just 1 ER over 5.1 IP in a 6-5 Giants win on June 26th. That W has kicked off a stretch in which San Francisco has won 8 of Wood’s last 9 starts.
The A’s might be a little vulnerable on Friday night returning home for the first time in two weeks. The recent road trip started off well with a sweep in Cleveland, but then Oakland dropped 2 of 3 to the Rangers and 3 of 4 to the White Sox to finish the stretch 5-5.
The good news for the Athletics is that Houston was slumping at the same time, losers of 4 of their last 5. That has allowed Oakland to stay within 2.5 games of the division, and the A’s have also held on to a 1/2 game lead over Boston for the 2nd wild card spot.
The A’s need a solid home stand this weekend, and have gone 34-25 at the RingCentral Coliseum on the year. Oakland has hit .237 as a team vs. Wood, but both Matt Chapman and Starling Marte bat under .250 vs. the Giants starter.
Kaprielian (6-4, 3.33) has been solid after making just two relief appearances in 2020. The right-hander has allowed just 3 ER total over his last three home starts, and has struck out 21 over that span.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Giants are 4-1 last 5 road games
- Giants are 6-2 last 8 vs. AL West
- Giants are 25-9 last 34 in game 1 of a series
- Athletics are 4-0 last 4 home games
- Athletics are 35-17 last 52 Friday games
- Athletics are 74-34 last 108 games vs. LH starter
Free San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Prediction:
Kaprielian has a 1.42 ERA in six home starts this season while Wood has already shown mastery vs. the A’s once this season. While the side lean would be on the Giants just because Oakland is fresh off a grueling 10-game road trip, the play in this one is on a low scoring game.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Under 9
Pitching duel seems to be on tap.
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