Giants vs. Athletics Prediction
In front of the largest crowd to see an MLB game this season, the host Oakland Athletics downed their Bay Area counterparts in the San Francisco Giants last night as each team has now won one game in the series. Which side will claim the victory in today's rubber game?
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Oakland Coliseum at 4:05PM ET
TV: NBCCA (OAK)
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Athletics are a -139 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Giants are a +129 underdog, while the total is set at 8 runs. As of Sunday afternoon, 52 percent of public bets are being placed on host Oakland. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
A's walk off on Lucroy game-winning single
An RBI single by Jonathan Lucroy in the bottom of the 11th inning Saturday night sent the host Athletics to a 4-3 victory over San Francisco. Lucroy entered the game late and it was his only at-bat. Marcus Semien drew three walks and scored a run in five plate appearances from the top of the order. Matt Olson was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run. Matt Chapman finished 3-for-5 and scored two runs. Chad Pinder ended the night 1-for-3 with a walk and a run. Yusmeiro Petit threw one sootless inning with two strikeouts in relief to garner the win.
Belt returns to lineup, homers
Giants first baseman Brandon Belt missed Friday's game due to the birth of his son, but returned yesterday and socked a fourth inning solo home run off Trevor Cahill, his 14th of the season. He also drew a walk in five plate appearances. Andrew McCutchen drew two walks in five plate appearances, while Hunter Pence went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. San Francisco tied the score at 3-3 in the ninth with a run before falling two innings later. Will Smith suffered the loss as he gave up one earned run on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.
Johnny Cueto (3-1, 2.36 ERA) starts today for the Giants, while Oakland turns to Sean Manaea (9-6, 3.42).
MLB Betting Trends
The under is 10-1 in the last 11 Giants road games. San Francisco is 8-2 in Cueto's last 10 starts.
The Athletics are 7-2 in their last nine home games. Oakland is 9-2 in its last 11 interleague games.
Two solid starting pitchers here and I'm willing to take the underdog as Cueto shouldn't give up much and the Giants are equipped to win a low-scoring game. Both bullpens were taxed yesterday, so look for the starters to throw some extra pitches. With Belt back in the lineup for a second straight day, San Francisco's offense should be in good shape to take this one.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS +129