In the last of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (65-90) and the San Francisco Giants (80-74) at O.co Coliseum, Sean Nolin (1-1, 4.57 ERA) and Chris Heston (11-10, 3.51 ERA) get the ball. The Giants won the last game 14-10 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 27 and will air on CSCA and CSBy.
In his last start, Nolin pitched 5.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out two and walking two in an 8-6 loss to the Rangers. Danny Valencia (.296, 54 Rs, 16 HRs, 61 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs. The Giants were unsuccessful the last time Heston pitched. He went 4.1 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out seven and walking five in a 4-2 loss to the Padres. Buster Posey (.323, 73 Rs, 19 HRs, 94 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. The Athletics have an SU record of 11-7 against the NL. The Athletics seem to play better on offense against opponents from the NL, putting up an average of 4.9 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.2. Don't expect the Oakland hitters to swing wildly. They average only 6.8 strikeouts per game. Oakland's pitching staff will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent struggles. The Athletics have given up an average of 6.5 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 4.4 runs per game.
Against interleague opponents, the Giants are 11-7 SU. The Giants rank fifth in the NL in scoring, averaging 4.3 runs per game. San Francisco's pitching staff tends to perform well when they play competition from the AL. They've allowed an average of 2.8 runs per game against teams from the AL lower than their season average of 3.8.
The Giants are 4-1 against the Athletics this season. This game will feature Heston (RHP) on the mound against the Athletics, who have a 51-57 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Nolin will take the mound against the Giants, who have an 18-20 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF
When leading after 7 innings, San Francisco is 38-23, while Oakland is 27-41.
The Giants are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 14 runs. The Athletics have a 0-3 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 48-21. The Giants have a 69-14 record when outhitting opponents.
Oakland and San Francisco both rank in the top half of the league in runs. Oakland sits at 14th with 664 runs this season and San Francisco ranks 11th with 672.
Ranking 17th, San Francisco is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 435 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half at 15th with 451.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 44-46. When the Giants hit at least one homer, they have a 56-28 record.