Oakland Athletics at Pittsburgh Pirates
|Date & Time||Saturday May 4, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oakland Athletics -104 / Pittsburgh Pirates -104 -- Over/Under: 7.5
The Oakland Athletics and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Saturday in MLB action at PNC Park.
The Oakland Athletics could use a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Athletics have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Oakland Athletics have lost 11 of their last 13 games when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 39 hits and 18 RBI while Matt Chapman and Stephen Piscotty have combined for 68 hits and 36 RBI. Chris Bassitt gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. This will be Bassitt’s first career game against the Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates also need a win after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Pirates have allowed 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have have lost seven of their last nine games when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, Melky Cabrera leads the Pirates with 31 hits and eight RBI while Josh Bell and Adam Frazier have combined for 56 hits and 28 RBI. Trevor Williams gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. This will be Williams’ first career game against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 14-6 in their last 20 Saturday games, 25-12 in their last 37 during game 2 of a series and 5-1 in Bassitts last 6 starts. The Pirates are 21-5 in their last 26 interleague games, 12-5 in their last 17 Saturday games and 6-0 in Williams' last 6 interleague starts. The Athletics are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 39-14-1 in Williams' last 54 starts overall. The under is 4-1-1 in Bassitts last 6 starts overall.
When I find two teams that can't getup of their own way, I usually want to lean toward the home team, especially when the line is a toss-up. Williams has been a consistent pitcher the last couple of years, but it's Bassitt who has been impressive, allowing five hits and one run in 12 innings while striking out 16. While it's a small sample size, the A's will gladly take it given what their rotation looks like. Regardless, the Oakland Athletics are the better team no matter how you slice it and the odds are they'll break out of this funk before the Pirates will. So, give me Oakland on the road.