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Oakland Athletics vs. Cincinnati Reds - 5/9/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cincinnati Reds at Oakland Athletics
Date & Time Thursday May 9, 2019, 3:37 PM (EDT)
Location
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, California
The Line
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +139 / Oakland Athletics -150 -- Over/Under: 8.5
TV Channel
MLBN, FSOH
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The Cincinnati Reds and Oakland Athletics meet Thursday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.

The Cincinnati Reds could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Reds have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Cincinnati Reds have won eight of their last 11 games when scoring four form more 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. Tanner Roark gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 3.82 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. Roark is 1-0 with a 2.93 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics look for another win after splitting their last six games. The Athletics have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Oakland Athletics have won five of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 42 hits and 18 RBI while Matt Chapman and Stephen Piscotty have combined for 76 hits and 40 RBI. Chris Bassitt gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 2.12 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. This will be Bassitt’s first career game against the Reds.

The Reds are 8-17 in their last 25 during game 3 of a series, 0-5 in their last 5 vs. American League West and 4-1 in Roark's last 5 starts. The Athletics are 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games, 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 5-2 in Bassitt's last 7 starts. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Oakland and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 3-1-1 in Bassitt's last 5 home starts. The under is 38-13-2 in Reds last 53 overall.

The Oakland Athletics have experienced a no-hitter and an extra inning walkout victory in their last two games, two major confidence boosting victories that can do wonders for a team. It's also a lot easier to show up the ballpark after a win and when you slept in your own bed after 13 innings. And while Roark has been solid for the most part, Bassitt has given up just four runs in 17 innings along with a batting average of .161. The Oakland Athletics have to be feeling good, and I like them to complete the sweep Thursday afternoon. 

Pick:
Oakland Athletics -150

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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