Sonny Gray (12-5, 2.10 ERA) gets the ball for the Oakland Athletics (55-73) as they meet Chase Anderson (6-5, 4.28 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (62-64) in the first of a three-game series at Chase Field. The game starts at 9:40 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 28 and will air on CSCA and FSAZ.
In his most recent outing, Anderson pitched 6.2 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out two and walking three in a 4-0 victory over the Reds. Paul Goldschmidt (.331, 81 Rs, 25 HRs, 94 RBIs, 20 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Athletics were unsuccessful to the Rays 5-4 the last time Gray pitched. He went 8.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking two. Ben Zobrist (.288, 58 Rs, 10 HRs, 46 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Athletics, going 2 for 4 Wednesday with one run.
Arizona, a +110 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Oakland. The matchup currently has a seven-run Over/Under (O/U). The Diamondbacks are 37-40 as the underdog and have an overall money line of +170. They have performed well against the American League to earn an SU record of 9-5 and a 7-3 record when they were the underdog. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking second in all of baseball with 110 steals.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Athletics come into this game with a win percentage of .477 when playing as the favorite (31-34) and an overall money line of -2,527. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 4-6 SU and have a poor 0-2 record when they were the favorite. When it comes to scoring runs, the Athletics have performed much better than normal against teams from the NL. During those games, they averaged five runs per game, above their 4.1 season average. Oakland's pitching staff has allowed an average of 5.6 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.0. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the AL with an average of 7.5 strikeouts per road game.
This game will feature Gray (RHP) on the mound against the Diamondbacks, who have a 48-46 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Anderson will take the mound against the Athletics, who have a 44-47 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Oak, O/U - Over
Arizona earned its ninth shutout of the season in its last game. Oakland has been shut out seven times this season.
When leading after 7 innings, Arizona is 23-21, while Oakland is 23-31.
The Athletics managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Diamondbacks who are heading in with a 4-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 43-19. The Diamondbacks have a 45-17 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th, Oakland sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 524 this season. Arizona ranks in the top five at fourth with 569.
Ranking 13th, Oakland is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 363 this season. Arizona ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 381.
When the Diamondbacks hit at least one home run, they are 44-24. When the Athletics hit at least one homer, they have a 34-33 record.