Oakland Athletics (45-31) vs. San Francisco Giants (48-26)
June 25, 2021 9:45 pm EDT
The Line: San Francisco Giants -104 / Oakland Athletics -106; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants meet Friday in MLB action from Oracle Park. The A’s are coming off a series versus the Rangers. Oakland lost two of the first three in that set, then on Thursday the A’s bagged a four-run victory. As for the Giants, they played the Angels this week. San Francisco posted a pair of wins in those games and they’ve won three straight overall. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Oakland managed a 13-6 win over the Rangers on Tuesday but fell short Monday 8-3 and Wednesday 5-3. In the Thursday finale, the A’s posted three runs in the first inning and cruised to a 5-1 win. Starter Chris Bassitt put up 7.0 innings with five hits and one earned.
For the starter job in the Friday game, the Athletics will send out Sean Manaea. Over his 86.2 innings this year, Manaea has 84 hits, 29 earned runs, eight homers allowed, 21 walks, 89 Ks and a 3.01 ERA.
Over on the Giants’ side, they played a pair versus the Angels this week. San Francisco notched wins 5-0 Tuesday and 9-3 Wednesday in that set. Starting pitcher Kevin Gausman posted 7.0 innings with four hits and one earned run, but the game stretched to 13 innings before we had a decision.
For the starting pitcher slot in the Friday game, the Giants are sending out Johnny Cueto. Across his 60.0 innings this year, Cueto has 68 hits, 29 runs (27 earned), eight homers allowed, 11 walks, 47 Ks and a 4.05 ERA.
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The A’s are 38-15 in their last 53 Friday games and 7-3 in their last 10 versus a right-handed starter. Oakland is 169-83 in their last 252 games as a favorite and 37-16 in their last 53 versus a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
Meanwhile, the Giants are 4-0 in their last four Friday games and 8-0 in their last eight after an off day. San Francisco is 6-2 in their last eight interleague games and 20-7 in their last 27 overall.
PICK: I’m going to take a stab on the A’s here. Cueto has been on an up-and-down streak lately; he’s got 10 earned over his last 15.1 innings with a pair of homers allowed in each game. Manaea hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last six starts, and he’s coming off two earned on three hits in 5.1 innings versus the Yankees. I like a decent start from both guys here in an Oakland win.