Atlanta Braves vs. Oakland Athletics Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/17/14
Oakland Athletics (73-49) at Atlanta Braves (62-60)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Turner Field)
Jon Lester (L) (13-7) (2.514) vs. Mike Minor (L) (4-8) (5.331)
The Line: Atlanta Braves +119 / Oakland Athletics -129 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Athletic hope to rediscover the winning touch against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
The Oakland Athletics are in a precarious spot right now as the continue to hold the American League West lead but they are not winning. The A's have lost six of seven after a 4-3 defeat at Atlanta on Saturday. Sonny Gray couldn't save the Athletics with all four runs plated on eight hits over 5.1 frames to take the loss. The bats produced five hits with Stephen Vogt clubbing a two run homer while John Jasco connected on a solo blast. Left hander Jon Lester looks to pitch the Oakland Athletics back in to the win column Sunday. Lester has been outstanding in three starts since coming over from Boston with a 3-0 record and 2.49 ERA.
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The Atlanta Braves have been incredibly difficult to nail down as they can look quite average when the bats struggle while looking like world beaters when things are clicking. It's been more of the latter the past week or so with wins in three of four after upending the Athletics on Saturday. Starter Julio Teheran gave the Braves a huge six innings with a pair of runs plated on four hits to improve to 11-9. The offense did just enough with Chris Johnson going 3-4 with a pair of RBI's while Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons knocked in single runs. Mike Minor toes the rubber for the Atlanta Braves on Sunday against the big offense of Oakland. Minor hasn't found the groove in 2014 with a 4-8 record and 5.33 ERA covering 18 starts.
If Oakland is to win a game this would be it with Lester facing a struggling Minor and the price is right as well...