Jeff Samardzija (8-4, 3.59 ERA) and Daniel Mengden (0-3, 3.00 ERA) start in the first of a two-game series between the San Francisco Giants (49-28) and the Oakland Athletics (32-43) at AT&T Park. Action begins at 10:15 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 27 and can be seen on KNTV and CSCA.
Samardzija pitched 3.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering six runs, striking out two and walking two in a 7-6 win over the Pirates. Brandon Belt (.306, 38 Rs, 10 HRs, 38 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5. Mengden went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out nine and walking one in a 4-2 defeat to the Brewers in his most recent start. Khris Davis (.246, 32 Rs, 18 HRs, 50 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
For this interleague contest, the Giants are a -175 favorite with a total of 7.5 runs.
Pick - SF
In their last game, the Athletics lost by a margin of one run. The Giants are 19-9 in one-run games. The Athletics have a 9-13 record in close games.
The Giants are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Athletics have a 13-26 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 7-36. The Giants have an 11-22 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, San Francisco ranks 29th with 62 homers and Oakland is 22nd with 77.
Ranking 29th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 179 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top five with 272.
The Giants are 30-14 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 26-21 when they hit at least one homer.