Arizona Diamondbacks (20-41) vs. Oakland Athletics (35-26)
June 8, 2021 9:40 pm EDT
The Line: Oakland Athletics -195 / Arizona Diamondbacks +179; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Oakland Athletics meet Tuesday in MLB action from O.co Coliseum. Arizona is coming off a series versus the Brewers over the weekend. The Diamondbacks lost all four of those games, for a sweep. As for the A’s, they played the Rockies in their last set. Oakland won the first two but lost on Sunday by two runs. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Arizona has hit the skids lately, losing their last five games. The Diamondbacks dropped to Milwaukee 7-4, 5-1, 7-5 and 2-0 in succession during their last series. In the Sunday loss, Arizona starter Caleb Smith lasted 5.0 innings with one earned on three hits.
For the starter job in the Tuesday game, the Diamondbacks will send out Jon Duplainter. Over his two starts and 8.2 innings pitched so far this year, Dupainter has 11 hits, nine earned runs, four homers allowed, five walks, eight Ks and a 9.35 ERA overall.
Over on the A’s side, they got wins over the Rockies 9-5 Friday and 6-3 Saturday before a 3-1 Sunday defeat that prevented the sweep. In the Sunday loss, Oakland starting pitcher James Kaprielian managed 5.0 innings with five hits, two earned and three walks.
The A’s are sending Chris Bassitt to the mound for the Tuesday starting pitcher job. Bassitt has posted 74.0 innings this year with 50 hits, 29 earned runs, six homers allowed, 17 walks, 80 Ks and a 3.53 ERA overall.
Arizona is 8-3 in their last 11 after an off day and 16-35 in their last 51 overall. The Diamondbacks are 18-46 in their last 64 after a loss and 10-28 in their last 38 versus a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, the A’s are 7-0 in their last seven after an off day and 5-1 in their last six interleague games. Oakland is 4-1 in their last five overall and 4-1 in their last five Tuesday games.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the A’s. Both starting pitchers need a bounce-back start here, though. Duplainter posted five earned with three homers in 4.0 innings versus the Brewers his last time out. As for Bassitt, he gave up four earned on six hits and a walk in 4.0 innings against the Mariners on June 1. I like both guys to pitch better here, with Oakland’s offense carrying the load for a win.