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Cincinnati Reds vs. Oakland Athletics - 6/10/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (25-34) at Cincinnati Reds (22-38)

MLB Baseball: Friday, June 10, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

S Gray (3-5) (5.77) vs. A DeSclafani (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds +100 / Oakland Athletics -110 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds


Coming up on Friday from Great American Ball Park, we’ve got MLB action between the Oakland Athletics and the Cincinnati Reds.

The A’s are coming off a couple of games against the Brewers this week. Oakland dropped both, and they’re now sitting on a five-game losing streak.
As for the Reds, they just finished up against the Cardinals. Cincinnati and St. Louis split the first two games, and in the Thursday finale, the Reds dropped the series 3-2.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Oakland Athletics - 6/10/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Recently off the DL, Sonny Gray will be making Friday’s start for the Athletics. In his 10 starts and 3-5 record this year, Gray has managed a 5.77 ERA with a 1.60 WHIP in 53 innings. On Sunday, Gray put up five innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against the Astros.

There are a few gems in the Oakland batting order. Billy Burns heads the charge on 52 hits with 26 runs and 12 stolen bases. Jed Lowrie has also been solid with 50 hits, 18 runs and 19 RBI. Steven Vogt has 50 hits with 19 runs and 15 RBI to his credit thus far. Khris Davis leads the team with 14 home runs but is hitting a tepid .234 on the season.

On the Reds’ side, we’ll be getting a glimpse of the season debut from Anthony DeSclafani. The 26-year-old RHP DeSclafani posted a 4.05 ERA in 184.2 innings last year and is fresh off three rehab starts following his injured oblique.

There are some pretty powerful bats in the Cincinnati lineup. Jay Bruce has 57 hits with 35 runs, 13 homers and 42 RBI. Zack Cozart is right there as well on 57 hits with 32 runs and 25 RBI. Bruce and Cozart combined to go 0-for-8 on Thursday. Adam Duvall has a team-high 17 home runs with 40 RBI and 31 runs in 2016.

The Athletics are 9-21 in their last 30 Friday games, and 4-11 in their last 15 games following an off day. Oakland is also 5-2 in Gray’s last seven interleague starts, and 2-7 in Gray’s last nine road starts.
Meanwhile, the Reds are 10-29 in their last 39 Friday games, and 7-19 in their last 26 game ones of a series. Cincinnati is also 5-1 in DeSclafani’s last six starts during game one of a series, and 3-7 in DeSclafani’s last 10 home starts.

I like the way Gray is throwing right now, and I feel like he can out-duel a rusty DeSclafani. I’ll take the A’s for the win.

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