Diamondbacks vs. Athletics Pick
Will the Arizona Diamondbacks start a winning streak when they hit the road to face the Oakland Athletics this afternoon at 4:05PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, May 26 2018
4:05PM 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 -155 to win. The Diamondbacks are listed with a money line of +145 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 8.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 51 percent of the wagers going on Oakland at home. 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 ends skid
The Diamondbacks put an end to their seven game losing streak on Saturday with a 7-1 win at Oakland. Still the D-Backs are just 2-13 over their last 15 games. Arizona is now 26-24 overall and 12-12 on the road. The Diamondbacks are averaging just 3.74 runs per game this season while allowing 3.58 per contest.
Clay Buchholz takes the mound for the Diamondbacks on Saturday. He is making just his second start this season for Arizona. In his first start last week, he allowed just one run over five innings against the Mets. He had one walk with two strikeouts.
Oakland slipping up
The Athletics have lost three of their last four with Friday’s loss. In the three losses, Oakland has scored a total of just three runs. Oakland is now 26-25 overall with a 12-12 record at home. The Athletics are putting up 4.49 runs per game this year while allowing 4.63 per contest.
Daniel Mengden is taking the mound for Oakland on Saturday. He has started 10 games this season and has a 3.30 ERA with a 1.08 WHIP. Over 57.1 innings of work, Mengden has 38 strikeouts with six walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Diamondbacks are just 1-7 in their last eight road games and 1-10 in their last 11 games against a right-handed starter.
Oakland has won nine of its last 12 home games against a right-handed starter and they are 4-0 in their last four after allowing five runs or more in their previous game.
While Arizona grabbed the win on Friday, I don’t see them being able to string together wins this weekend. Oakland has another steady starter on the mound while Buchholz has been unproven this year. Arizona isn’t a team that typically puts up many runs, so I would expect their bats to cool off today.
The Pick: Oakland Athletics -155