San Diego Padres (23-15) at Oakland Athletics (22-12)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 4, 2020 at 9:40 pm (Ring Central Coliseum)
Zach Davies (5-2) (2.61) vs. Jesus Luzardo (2-1) (3.21)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -161 / San Diego Padres +140 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The San Diego Padres and the Oakland A’s meet in MLB action from the Oakland Coliseum on Friday night.
The San Diego Padres will look to rebound from a 2-0 loss to the Angels in their last game. Fernando Tatis Jr., Wil Myers and Jake Cronenworth each had a hit as the Padres cranked out just three hits as a team in the losing effort with none of the three hits going for extra bases while the rest of the Padres went 0 for 19 with a pair of K’s. Mike Clevinger took the loss in his Padres debut after allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out a pair over six innings of work. Zach Davies will start here and is 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. This will be Davies’ second career start against Oakland.
The Oakland A’s will look to bounce back after an extended break due to a positive COVID test within the team. Stephen Piscotty leads the Athletics with 26 RBIs this season while Matt Chapman and Matt Olson are tied with 10 home runs, with Chapman posting 25 RBIs and a team-high 33 hits while Olson has 22 RBIs this season. Mark Canha boasts 21 RBIs with a team-high .268 batting average while Robbie Grossman has a .422 on-base percentage for the A’s on the year. Jesus Luzardo is expected to start here and is 2-1 with a 3.74 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. This will be Luzardo’s first career start against San Diego.
San Diego is 12-4 in their last 16 games overall and 6-2 in their last 8 road games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the AL West. Oakland is 19-8 in their last 27 games overall and 40-14 in their last 54 home games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 series opening matchups. The under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
These have been two of the higher-scoring teams in the majors this season, and with how competitive both have been up to this point, this should be a great series. With that said, Davies has thrown very well this season and while it’s almost like waiting for him to regress, this may be a case of just riding the hot hand until it cools off. On the other hand, these teams that come out of the COVID stoppage usually start out really well, but Luzardo could be a wild card. I’m going to side with the under as I think the pitchers rule the day here, but my stronger play is on who I think wins this game and I have that available as a premium pick that you can find here.