Giants vs. Athletics Prediction
The Oakland Athletics are 13 games over .500, but still eight games back of first place in the powerful AL West. Will Oakland continue its strong season tonight as it opens a series at home against Bay Area interleague rival San Francisco Giants?
Friday, July 20, 2018
Oakland Coliseum at 9:35PM ET
TV: NBCCA (OAK)
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Athletics are a -122 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Giants are a +112 underdog, while the total sits at 9 runs. As of Friday morning, 54 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting San Francisco. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Belt, Crawford look to continue strong seasons
San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt has put together a strong season as he batted .287 with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs, getting on base at a .383 clip with a .862 OPS. Shortstop Brandon Crawford made the NL All-Star team after a first half in which he hit .292 with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs, holding a .363 OBP and an .825 OPS. Belt has an oWAR of 3.0, while Crawford's oWAR is at 2.1.
Davis having another big HR season
Khris Davis is enjoying another year full of home runs, hitting 21 long balls in the first half, posting an .827 OPS. The only player on the Athletics with a better OPS is second baseman Jed Lowrie, who racked up 16 home runs and 62 RBIs. Lowrie has a team-best 3.5 oWAR, while Davis' oWAR is 2.3. First baseman Matt Olson has 19 home runs, while outfielders Stephen Piscotty and Mark Canha both have 12 home runs on a team full of power.
MLB Betting Trends
The under is 8-1 in the last nine Giants road games. The over is 7-0-1 meetings in Oakland.
The Athletics are 8-1 in their last nine interleague games. Oakland is 21-6 in its last 27 games overall.
Oakland has been as hot as anyone as of late and Jackson has provided a solid arm in the rotation. But sometimes a break can halt the hot play in a heartbeat. With Rodriguez showing himself as a trusted piece in the Giants rotation, I'm going to take the Giants to notch the small upset on the road here. Jackson is fully capable of imploding as he's done plenty in his career of ups and downs.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS +112