Bay Area rivals San Francisco and Oakland conclude their two game set tonight with a 10:05pm ET battle at the Overstock.com Coliseum. The latest MLB Picks and Odds from bookmaker 5Dimes are expecting an Athletics sweep as Oakland is listed as a -145 money line favorite ($145 wins $100) in this evening’s game. The total in tonight’s inter-league clash is set at 8.5 runs (Under is favored at -115 odds) and the Giants are drawing +135 odds to earn a series split before the two squads open a two game set at AT&T Park tomorrow.
San Francisco entered yesterday’s contest off a home series win over the Colorado Rockies, but it lost its opportunity for a series win at Oakland thanks to a 4-1 setback. The usually tough Madison Bumgarner got tagged for four earned runs over 6.2 innings, leading to the Giants 23rd loss of the season and a 1.5 games deficit in the NL West standings.
San Francisco will look for a better performance tonight from rookie left hander Michael Kickham. Kickhma, who is making his major league debut this evening, is 3-4 with a 4.33 ERA in 10 starts for the Giants Triple-A affiliate in Fresno (Grizzlies - Pacific Coast League).
The 29-23 Athletics, who won for the ninth time in their last 10 games yesterday, righty Jarrod Parker. Parker’s season totals are not impressive as he brings a 2-6 record (10 starts), 5.76 ERA, and 1.61 WHIP into tonight’s game; however, he has performed better of late.
Parker is coming off his third straight quality start (three or fewer earned runs allowed over six or more innings pitched), and he limited his last two opponents, Kansas City and Texas, two 10 hits and four earned runs over 14 innings (2.57 ERA).
Notable Trends: The Over is 7-1 in the A’s last eight games as a home favorite with a money line spread between 140 and 160. The Over is 8-2 in the Giants last 10 games as a road dog with a total between 8.5 and 9 runs.
MLB Picks San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics:
San Francisco Giants +1.5 (-165), Over 8.5 (-105), +135 (Moneyline)
Oakland Athletics -1.5 (+145), Under 8.5 (-115), -145 (Moneyline)
Baseball Betting Tips from Chuck Edel & Johnny Detroit
Chuck Edel is a well respected gambler / handicapper who appears on numerous radio shows and is frequently featured in the Las Vegas Review Journal. He sits down with Johnny Detroit and goes over some of his personal MLB betting tips.