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Oakland Athletics vs. Cincinnati Reds - 5/7/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cincinnati Reds at Oakland Athletics
Date & Time Tuesday May 7, 2019, 10:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Oakland, CA
The Line
Oakland A's -123 / Cincinnati Reds +113 -- O/U: 8.5
TV Channel
FS-Ohio
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The Cincinnati Reds and the Oakland A’s meet in game one of a three game interleague set from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in MLB action on Tuesday night.

The Cincinnati Reds will look to keep their momentum going after earning a series split with the San Francisco Giants following a 12-4 win in the series finale on Monday. Jose Iglesias went 3 for 5 with a triple, a double and four RBIs while Curt Casali, Eugenio Suarez and Nick Senzel each had two RBIs with Senzel hitting a pair of solo bombs while Suarez added a home run of his own. Joey Votto and Josh VanMeter each had an RBI as well to round out the scoring for the Reds in the win. Anthony DeSclafani got the win to improve to 2-1 after allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits while striking out eight over six innings of work. Tyler Mahle will start game one and is 0-4 with a 4.09 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. This will be Mahle’s first career start against Oakland.

The Oakland A’s will look to rebound after losing 8 of their last 9 games following a 5-3 loss in their series finale against Pittsburgh on Sunday. Robbie Grossman, Kendrys Morales and Stephen Piscotty each had an RBI with Morales going 2 for 5 at the dish while Piscotty had a double. Jurickson Profar went 2 for 5 at the plate and Nick Hundley added a double of his own while Marcus Semien and Josh Phegley each had base hits as well in the loss for Oakland. Frankie Montas gave up one run on five hits while striking out five over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Fernando Rodney took the loss, falling to 0-2 on the year after giving up four runs in the bottom of the 13th. Mike Fiers will start game one and is 2-3 with a 6.81 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fiers is 3-4 with a 2.60 ERA and 36 strikeouts against Cincinnati.

Cincinnati is 1-10 in Mahle’s last 11 starts and 0-7 in Mahle’s last 7 road starts while the under is 37-13-2 in their last 52 games overall. Oakland is 1-4 in Fiers’ last 5 starts and 1-8 in their last 9 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 interleague home games. Cincinnati is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Oakland being favored makes sense as the A’s have had an extra day to rest while the Reds had a game Monday and had to travel halfway across the country to get to Oakland for this game as well as Mahle’s struggles on the road this season as Cincinnati has gone 0-5 with Mahle on the road while Mahle himself has gone 0-4. However, I’m not keen on Oakland being favored after they’ve lost 8 of their last 9 games and Fiers still has an ERA just shy of seven. Instead, I’m going to side with the over. Both sides have shown that they can score runs and both have had issues keeping runs off of the board as of late, so I’ll side with the over in a game that I can see hitting double digits here.

Pick:
Over 8.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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