Jesse Hahn (5-6, 3.47 ERA) and Chad Bettis (4-2, 3.56 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (35-45) and the Colorado Rockies (34-43) at O.C. Coliseum. The Rockies won the last game 2-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 3:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jul. 1 and can be seen on ROOT-RM and CSN-CA.
Hahn is 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in his appearances against the Rockies, and goes up against a good Colorado offense which is batting .269 this season. Bettis went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking two in an 8-6 win over the Giants in his most recent start. Nolan Arenado (.292, 49 Rs, 24 HRs, 68 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Oakland is a -160 favorite against Colorado and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Athletics have an overall money line of -1,712 and a record as the favorite of 23-27. In interleague play, they have had a solid season, earning 2-1 and 4-1 records as the favorite and SU respectively. The Athletics have no trouble scoring as they rank fourth in the AL in offense with 4.5 runs per game. The Athletics are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with an impressive 9.0 per game. Oakland is one of the best in the AL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.1 per game. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses that come to O.C. Coliseum have been stifled by the Athletics, who have a team ERA of only 3.12 at home. The Athletics are the third-best team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 7.8 hits per game to their opponents this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Colorado has a 26-29 record and an overall money line of -664. Colorado has had a tough time against teams in the AL, coming in winless. They have a 0-6 record as the underdog and 0-7 SU. Offensively, the Rockies have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.5 runs per game by averaging 6.0 during that stretch. The Rockies have a dynamic offense, ranking fifth in the league with 236 extra base hits. The Rockies allow 5.1 runs per game, but does worse whenever an AL opponent is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average up to 6.3 against teams from the AL.
The Athletics have a 31-31 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Bettis takes the mound. Hahn (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rockies, who have a 30-32 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Rockies won by a margin of one run. The Athletics are 6-20 in one-run games. The Rockies have a 10-11 record in close games.
When the Rockies play into extra innings, they have a 1-4 record. The Athletics are 0-6 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Rockies managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Athletics who are heading in with a 17-15 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 26-11. The Rockies have a 25-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking seventh in runs, Colorado has earned 347 this season. Oakland ranks third with 356 runs.
Ranking 25th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 179 this season. Oakland ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 251.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 23-20, well-matched with the Rockies who are 30-23 when hitting one or more homers.