Dillon Overton (1-2, 9.33 ERA) and Jon Lester (11-4, 2.95 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (48-60) and the Chicago Cubs (66-41) at O.C. Coliseum. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 5 and can be seen on CSN+ and CSCA.

Overton pitched 3.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out one and walking one in a 6-3 defeat to the Indians. Danny Valencia (.303, 47 Rs, 14 HRs, 39 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. Lester went 6.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 12-1 win over the Mariners in his last outing. Anthony Rizzo (.288, 65 Rs, 24 HRs, 79 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 Wednesday with one run.

Chicago is favored (-190) over Oakland and the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs. The Athletics have an overall money line of -1,040 and a record as the underdog of 31-38. In interleague play, they have had a rough season, earning 3-4 and 5-9 records as the favorite and SU, respectively.

In the other locker room, in contrast to a worrisome overall money line (-531), Chicago has an impressive 61-33 record when playing as the favorite. Chicago has put in a great performance against American League opponents, coming in with a nice record SU ({betdsi.at.al.su_record}) and as the favorite (8-4). Offensively, they average 5.1 runs per game, which is good for third in the NL. The Cubs are tough outs for opponents, ranking second in the NL with 9.4 hits per road game. Chicago is excellent at drawing walks with an NL-best 4.2 per game. Moving on to Chicago's pitching staff and defense, the Cubs allow just 3.5 runs per game, ranking them first in the NL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Cubs are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.130 for the season.

The Athletics have a 12-16 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Lester takes the mound. Overton (LHP) will be on the hill against the Cubs, who have very good records against left-handed starting pitchers on the road and overall of 9-4 and 24-11, respectively.

Predictions: SU Winner - CHC, O/U - Over


In their last game, the Cubs won by a margin of one run. The Athletics are 16-17 in one-run games. The Cubs have a 15-16 record in close games.

The Athletics managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cubs who are coming in with a 46-19 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.

When they are outhit, the Athletics are 12-48. The Cubs have a 7-26 record when opponents outhit them.

Ranking 20th in home runs, Oakland has hit 119 this season. Chicago ranks 14th with 130 home runs.

Oakland and Chicago both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Oakland sits at 10th with 8.59 hits per game and Chicago ranks eighth with 8.60.

Ranking 23rd, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.714). Chicago ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .773.

The Cubs are 33-33 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Athletics are 22-49 when they allow at least one homer.