Sonny Gray (9-3, 2.09 ERA) takes the mound for the Oakland Athletics (35-44) as they meet Jorge De La Rosa (4-3, 5.15 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (33-43) in the second of a three-game series at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 7-1 and Oakland leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 30 and will air on ROOT-RM and CSN-CA.
In his most recent outing, Gray pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 6-3 victory over the Rangers. Stephen Vogt (.304, 39 Rs, 13 HRs, 53 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. In his career against the Athletics, De La Rosa is 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA. He meets a strong Oakland offense that's batting .260. Troy Tulowitzki (.322, 40 Rs, 8 HRs, 41 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 3 for 3 yesterday.
Oakland is a -168 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Athletics are 22-27 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -1,812. They have an SU record of 3-1 against the National League and a 1-1 record when they were the favorite in those games. The Athletics come into the game with the fourth-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. The Athletics rank third in the AL in hits with 9.0 per game. They have been very patient at the plate, ranking fourth in the AL with an average of 3.1 walks per game. In games against National League opponents, Oakland's pitchers are doing better against opposing batters. It only gives up an average of 2.8 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.0. The Athletics don't give up many hits to opposing batters at O.C. Coliseum, ranking third in the AL with only 7.8 hits allowed per home game.
On the other side, the Rockies have a record of 26-28 when they are the underdog and are -564 overall with the money line. Teams in the American League have totally shut down Colorado this season. The Rockies have gone without a win, holding a record of 0-5 in games where they were ranked as the underdog. They sport the top-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 4.6 runs per game. The Rockies are known for their bats, hitting 236 extra base hits. Colorado's pitching staff tends to perform poorly when they play competition from the AL. They've allowed an average of 6.2 runs per game against teams from the AL, higher than their season average of 5.1.
So far this season, the Athletics are 1-0 against the Rockies. This game will feature De La Rosa (LHP) on the mound against the Athletics, who have a 4-13 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Gray will take the mound against the Rockies, who have a 30-31 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Colorado is 15-17, while Oakland is 14-23.
The Athletics managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rockies who are coming in with an 8-11 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 5-31. The Athletics have a 5-29 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 15th in home runs, Oakland has hit 68 this season. Colorado ranks sixth with 88 home runs.
Oakland and Colorado both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Oakland sits at third with 9.00 hits per game and Colorado ranks second with 9.27.
Ranking 13th, Oakland is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.722). Colorado ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .755.
The Rockies are 15-33 when they allow at least one home run. The Athletics perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with an 11-30 record.