San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/9/14
Oakland Athletics (56-33) at San Francisco Giants (49-40)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)
Jason Hammel (R) (8-5) (2.982) vs. Matt Cain (R) (1-7) (4.482)
The Line: San Francisco Giants -105 / Oakland Athletics -105 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CA, CSN-BA
The Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants now play two games at AT&T Park after the A’s won the first two games in Oakland.
The Athletics are now 24 games above .500 and have won six straight. While both sides of the ball continue to play lights out baseball, it’s the pitching staff that has allowed three or less runs in seven of their last eight games. Overall, the A’s have the second best ERA in baseball at 3.11. Offensively, it’s hard to argue with that production either, as Brandon Moss has eight RBI in his last 10 games and Jed Lowrie has two hits in each of his last four games. Starting is Jason Hammel, who is 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA and has 104 strikeouts in 108.2 innings. Hammel is 0-2 with a 3.02 ERA in nine career games against the Giants.
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The Giants have lost five of their eight games in the month of July, but are still eight games above .500. The issue continues to be offense for the Giants, as they’ve produced three or fewer runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Giants have lost 16 straight games when that’s the case. Michael Morse has a five-game hitting streak and Hunter Pence has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. The Giants have an ERA of 3.40. Matt Cain takes the hill, and he’s 1-7 with a 4.27 ERA and has 66 strikeouts in 84.1 innings. Cain is 3-5 with a 2.11 ERA in 10 career starts against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. National League West and 23-8 in their last 31 interleague games. The Giants are 7-22 in Cains last 29 starts and 3-13 in Cains last 16 home starts. The Athletics are 2-12 in the last 14 meetings in San Francisco.
Although the Giants are returning home and are bound to break out of their funk offensively, it's just impossible to pick against the A's with the way they've been playing all season. It also doesn't help that Cain is on the mound for SF. Look for Hammel to get his first win in an Oakland uniform.