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San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics - 8/3/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (48-60) at San Francisco Giants (41-68)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)

K Graveman (2-2) (3.83) vs. Ty Blach (6-7) (4.38)

The Line: San Francisco Giants -130 / Oakland Athletics +115 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBC-Bay, CSN-California

We have some interleague action within the Golden State as the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants finish up a four game set on Thursday.

The Oakland A’s will look to win the series after winning game three by a final score of 6-1 on Wednesday to give the A’s a 2-1 series lead after winning four of their last five games overall. Ryon Healy went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, while Jed Lowire, Matt Chapman and Chad Pinder all went 2 for 4 with an RBI, with Lowrie adding a pair of doubles while Chapman added a two-bagger of his own in the win. Marcus Semien, Ryan Lavarnway and Yonder Alonso all chipped in base knocks of their own in the winning effort for Oakland. Daniel Gossett got the win to improve to 3-6 this season after giving up just the one run on three hits while walking a pair and striking out five over seven innings of work. Kendall Graveman will make his first start since May 19th in the series finale and is 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. In his career, Graveman is 0-1 with an 11.37 ERA and 5 strikeouts against San Francisco.

San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics - 8/3/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Francisco Giants will try to salvage a series split after dropping five of their last six games, including their loss in game three on Wednesday. Gorkys Hernandez’s sac fly RBI was the lone run the Giants would score in the loss, while Denard Span, Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford, Hunter Pence and Carlos Moncrief put up base hits as San Fran mustered up just five hits in the loss. Pence however was the only one to hit for extra bases, putting up a double in the 5th inning. Matt Moore took another one on the chin, falling to 3-11 this season, taking the loss after giving up four runs on six hits while walking three and striking out four over five innings of work. Ty Blach will get the nod in the series finale and is 6-7 with a 4.38 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season. This will be Blach’s first career start against Oakland, however Blach owns a career 1-1 interleague record with a 5.12 ERA and 9 strikeouts over three starts.

Oakland is 8-3 in Graveman’s last 11 starts against a team with a losing record and 2-6 in their last 8 games against a left-handed starter while the over is 12-3-1 in their last 16 against the NL West. San Francisco is 1-5 in Blach’s last 6 home starts against a team with a losing record and 5-17 in their last 22 home games against a team with a losing record while the over is 13-6-2 in their last 21 games overall. Oakland is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

Blach has been one of the better arms in the Giants’ rotation, and Graveman will be making his first start in over two months here, however the Giants are looking like the Giants that we’ve seen all season, finding ways to lose games, some close and some not so close. Oakland has thoroughly outplayed the Giants for the bulk of this series, and I expect more of the same as the A’s take the series finale in convincing fashion, and the plus money doesn’t hurt either.

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