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San Diego Padres vs. Oakland Athletics - 6/20/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (37-36) at San Diego Padres (34-41)
Date & Time Wednesday June 20, 2018, 3:40 PM (EDT)
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The Line: San Diego Padres -130 / Oakland Athletics +120 --- Over/Under: 8
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MLB | Oakland Athletics (37-36) at San Diego Padres (34-41)
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The Oakland Athletics and San Diego Padres meet Wednesday in MLB action at Petco Park.

The Oakland Athletics look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Athletics have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Oakland Athletics have won five of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 80 hits and 45 RBI while Marcus Semien and Matt Olson have combined for 137 hits and 63 RBI. Frankie Montas gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. This will be Montas’ first career game against the Padres.

The San Diego Padres could use a win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Padres have scored three runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The San Diego Padres have lost five straight games when scoring under four runs. Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 77 hits and 33 RBI while Jose Pirela and Freddy Galvis have combined for 142 hits and 51 RBI. Tyson Ross gets the ball, and he is 5-4 with a 3.51 ERA and 82 strikeouts this season. This will be Ross’ second career game against the Athletics.

The Athletics are 16-6 in their last 22 vs. a team with a losing record and 0-6 in their last 6 Wednesday games. The Padres are 5-0 in their last 5 Wednesday games, 5-1 in Ross' last 6 home starts and 6-1 in Ross' last 7 starts. The Athletics are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in San Diego, 8-3 in the last 11 meetings and the over is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.

We're getting plus money to basically fade the San Diego Padres, a team that once again finds ways to lose and can't consistently put runs on the board. The Padres pitching staff is good enough to win games most nights, but that offense lets them down far too often. The A's offense usually shows up, and Montas has been lights out in three of his four starts this season, which includes eight scoreless innings on the road. I'll take Oakland based on the plus money here.

Oakland Athletics +120

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