Arizona Diamondbacks (26-24) at Oakland Athletics (26-25)
|Date & Time||Saturday May 26, 2018, 4:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oakland Athletics -150 / Arizona Diamondbacks +140 --- Over/Under: 9
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since May 6-8. The Diamondbacks have allowed 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost 12 straight games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, David Peralta leads the Diamondbacks with 47 hits and 21 RBI while A.J. Pollock and Ketel Marte have combined for 83 hits and 44 RBI. Clay Buchholz gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA and two strikeouts this season. Buchholz is 4-2 with a 6.85 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics look for a victory after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Athletics have scored five runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Oakland Athletics have won five straight games when scoring more than two runs. Jed Lowrie leads the A’s with 61 hits and 38 RBI while Marcus Semien and Matt Olsen have combined for 103 hits and 43 RBI. Daniel Mengden gets the ball, and he is 4-4 with a 3.30 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. This will be Mengden’s first career game against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 1-7 in their last 8 road games and 6-16 in their last 22 overall. The Athletics are 5-17 in their last 22 interleague home games, 4-1 in Mengdens last 5 interleague starts and 6-2 in Mengdens last 8 starts. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Buchholz was solid in his debut for Arizona, but he's been a joke the last few years and has pitched just 12.1 innings the last two years. Mengden has been rather solid this season, which includes allowing four runs in his last 19.2 innings of work. Not to mention the Diamondbacks haven't won back-to-back games in about three weeks. The Oakland Athletics are big favorites for once, but I'm not putting money on Buchholz. Give me the A's to get a home victory.