Diamondbacks vs. Athletics Pick
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics are both hovering near the .500 mark heading into their weekend series. Which team will grab the win in the opener tonight at 9:35PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, May 25, 2018
9:35PM ET – Oakland Coliseum
TV: FSAZ (Ari); NSCA (Oak)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Athletics are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -130 to win. The Diamondbacks are listed with a money line of +120 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 7 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 59 percent of the wagers going on Arizona on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Arizona a mess
You’d be hard pressed to find a team playing worse over the last few weeks than Arizona. The Diamondbacks have lost seven straight coming into tonight’s game and 13 of their last 14. Arizona is now 25-24 overall and 11-12 on the road. The Diamondbacks are averaging just 3.67 runs per game this season while allowing 3.63 per contest.
Patrick Corbin gets the start today, hoping to stop the bleeding for the Diamondbacks. Corbin is 4-1 on the season with a 2.60 ERA and a 0.91 ERA. Still, he Arizona has lost his last four starts. Corbin has pitched 62.1 innings this year and has 81 strikeouts with 18 walks.
Oakland gaining some steam
The Athletics are coming off a series loss to Seattle, but Oakland has been playing pretty well as of late, winning seven of their last 10. Oakland is now 26-14 overall with a 12-11 record at home. The Athletics are putting up 4.56 runs per game this year while allowing 4.58 per contest.
Sean Manaea gets the start for Oakland tonight. He is 5-4 on the season with a 2.71 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP. Since his no-hitter on April 21, he has had three starts where he allowed at least four runs. Manaea has pitched 66.1 innings this year and has 51 strikeouts with 11 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Diamondbacks are just 5-16 in their last 21 games overall and they have lost seven straight road games. They also are 1-5 in their last six interleague road games.
The Athletics have won four straight Friday games and five straight home games against a team with a losing road record. However, they are just 5-17 in their last 22 interleague home games.
This game features two pitchers that have had really good numbers. However, Corbin hasn’t gotten the run support very often and I don’t think he will tonight either. Manaea has been struggling somewhat, but I think he will be able to get back on track against a very average Arizona lineup.
The Pick: Oakland Athletics -130