New York Mets vs. Oakland Athletics - 7/22/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (43-52) at New York Mets (43-50)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
Sean Manaea (8-5) (3.68) vs. Z Wheeler (3-7) (4.98)
The Line: New York Mets -105 / Oakland Athletics -105 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
We have some interleague action on tap Saturday, as the Oakland A’s take on the New York Mets in game two of their three game weekend set.
The Oakland A’s will look to bounce back after dropping game one on Friday by a final score of 7-5. Marcus Semien led the way for Oakland, going 4 for 5 with a pair of RBIs. Ryon Healy, Khris Davis and Jed Lowrie each added runs on the board, while Rajai Davis, Matt Joyce and Josh Phegley each logged a pair of base hits, with Phegley adding a double to the cause in the losing effort. Adam Rosales also chipped in a base hit of his own in the loss for the A’s. Paul Blackburn took the loss, falling to 1-1 this season after giving up four runs on six hits over 5.1 innings of work. Sean Manaea will start game two and is 8-5 with a 3.68 ERA and 101 strikeouts this season. This will be Manaea’s first career start against the Mets, however Manaea does own a career 1-2 interleague record with a 3.12 ERA and 20 strikeouts over four career interleague starts.
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The New York Mets will look to build on their three game winning streak following their win in game one on Friday. Michael Conforto led the charge by going 2 for 4 with a pair of home runs and four RBIs. T.J. Rivera added a pair of RBIs of his own, while Yoenis Cespedes went 3 for 4 at the plate. Lucas Duda, Travis D’Arnaud and starting pitcher Steven Matz each added base hits in the win for New York. Speaking of Matz, he gave up three runs on nine hits while striking out five over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Hansel Robles got the win to improve to 5-1 this season while Jerry Blevins threw 1.2 innings of perfect relief over the last two innings for his first save of the year. Zack Wheeler will start game two and is 3-7 with a 4.98 ERA and 75 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wheeler is 1-1 with a 9.39 ERA and 7 strikeouts against Oakland.
Oakland is 8-3 in Manaea’s last 11 starts and 3-14 in their last 17 interleague games against a team with a losing record while the over is 5-2 in Manaea’s last 7 road starts. New York is 1-4 in Wheeler’s last 5 starts and 5-2 in their last 7 against the AL West while the over is 7-1-2 in Wheeler’s last 10 home starts. Oakland is 3-8 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.
I’ve actually liked what I’ve seen from Manaea up ot this point this season, even with Oakland’s struggles, he’s slowly becoming the ace of that rotation. Oakland has had a lot of success as well with Manaea on the mound, which can’t necessarily be said for the Mets and Wheeler, so I’ll take a shot with Oakland to even up the series here.