Oakland Athletics vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 8/19/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 8/19/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks (13-11) at Oakland Athletics (16-8)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 9:40 pm (Ring Central Coliseum)

Merrill Kelly (3-1) (1.71) vs. Jesus Luzardo (1-0) (3.92)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -175 / Arizona Diamondbacks +161 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics meet Wednesday in MLB action at Ring Central Coliseum. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks look to build on their six-game winning streak. The Diamondbacks have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine straight games. The Diamondbacks have won nine of their last 10 games when scoring four or more runs. Ketel Marte leads the Diamondbacks with 31 hits and nine RBI while Starling Marte and David Peralta have combined for 58 hits and 27 RBI. Merrill Kelly gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 1.71 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. This will be Kelly’s first career game against the Athletics.

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The Oakland Athletics look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Athletics have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Athletics have won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring four or more runs. Matt Chapman leads the Athletics with 23 hits and 17 RBI while Marcus Semien and Mark Canha have combined for 45 hits and 24 RBI. Jesus Luzardo gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 4.79 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. This will be Luzardo’s first career game against the Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks are 5-0 in their last 5 games as an underdog, 4-0 in their last 4 interleague games and 6-0 in their last 6 overall. The Athletics are 24-5 in their last 29 during game 3 of a series, 6-2 in their last 8 Wednesday games and 37-14 in their last 51 home games. The over is 4-0 in Diamondbacks last 4 road games. The over is 5-1 in Athletics last 6 overall. The Diamondbacks are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Oakland.

Merrill Kelly has allowed four earned runs and 18 hits in his last 18.2 innings. Jesus Luzardo has allowed eight runs and 16 hits in his last 14 innings. And while those numbers may feel like the Diamondbacks have the edge on the hill, Luzardo has a 2.60 ERA and is allowing a .217 batting average in 17.1 innings at home this season. The Arizona Diamondbacks are playing their best ball in quite some time, but the A's are still a tough team for me to bet against, especially at home. I'll lay the RL with the Athletics. 

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