Oakland Athletics (16-6) at Arizona Diamondbacks (11-11)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 17, 2020 at 9:40 pm (Chase Field)
Chris Bassitt (2-0) (2.42) vs. Zac Gallen (0-0) (2.74)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -109 / Oakland Athletics -101 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Oakland Athletics and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Monday in MLB action at Chase Field.
The Oakland Athletics look to keep the ball rolling after winning 13 of their last 15 games. The Athletics have scored 30 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Athletics are 11-1 this season when scoring four or more runs. Matt Chapman leads the Athletics with 23 hits and 16 RBI while Mark Canha and Marcus Semien have combined for 42 hits and 24 RBI. Chris Bassitt gets the ball, and he is 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. This will be Bassitt’s first career game against the Diamondbacks.
The Arizona Diamondbacks look to build on their four-game winning streak. The Diamondbacks have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven straight games. The Diamondbacks have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring four or more runs. Ketel Marte leads the Diamondbacks with 30 hits and nine RBI while Starling Marte and David Peralta have combined for 52 hits and 25 RBI. Zac Gallen gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 2.74 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. This will be Gallen’s first career game against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 6-2 in their last 8 road games, 49-19 in their last 68 games as a favorite and 44-20 in their last 64 overall. The Diamondbacks are 4-0 in their last 4 home games, 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The over is 5-1 in Athletics last 6 overall. The over is 5-1 in Diamondbacks last 6 overall. The Athletics are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Arizona and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Bassitt has been money this season, allowing six earned runs and 16 hits in 22.1 innings with 19 strikeouts and four walks. Gallen has been sharp as well with seven allowed runs and 20 hits in 23 innings, and he has 28 strikeouts and seven walks. There's a case to be made for the Arizona Diamondbacks at home with a solid pitcher on the hill, but I'm not sure anybody should be eager to bet against the A's right now. The Oakland Athletics are easily the hottest team in the league and that offense is exploding for crooked numbers nightly. I'm going to continue to ride the hot hand until it runs cold.
Give me the A's and the cheap price.