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Oakland Athletics vs. Cincinnati Reds - 5/8/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cincinnati Reds at Oakland Athletics
Date & Time Wednesday May 8, 2019, 10:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, California
The Line
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +110 / Oakland Athletics -119 -- Over/Under: 8.5
TV Channel
NSCA, FSOH
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The Cincinnati Reds and Oakland Athletics meet Wednesday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.

The Cincinnati Reds could use a win after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Reds have scored 17 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last 11 games. The Cincinnati Reds have lost seven of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Jose Iglesias leads the Reds with 31 hits and 11 RBI while Eugenio Suarez and Jesse Winker have combined for 55 hits and 38 RBI. Sonny Gray gets the ball, and he is 0-4 with a 3.89 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. This will be Gray’s second career game against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics could also use a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Athletics have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. The Oakland Athletics have lost seven of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 41 hits and 18 RBI while Matt Chapman and Stephen Piscotty have combined for 72 hits and 38 RBI. Brett Anderson gets the ball, and he is 4-2 with a 3.89 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. Anderson is 2-1 with a 5.17 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Reds.

The Reds are 3-8 in their last 11 during game 2 of a series, 3-13 in their last 16 Wednesday games and 2-5 in Gray's last 7 starts. The Athletics are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 42-19 in their last 61 home games and 4-1 in Anderson's last 5 home starts. The Reds are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Anderson's last 6 starts overall. The under is 5-2 in Gray's last 7 starts overall.

Gray has had his moments this season and I'm sure he's excited to return to the Oakland Coliseum where it all started. Anderson has been better than expected up to this point, allowing three or less runs in six of his seven starts and being a ground ball machine. Neither of these teams are playing well, but the A's are the better team overall no matter how you slice it and they just got a major shot in the arm with the Mike Fiers no-hitter. It's a moment that could get this club back on track and playing winning ball again. I'll side with the A's and the cheap price. 

Pick:
Oakland Athletics -119

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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