Kendall Graveman (4-4, 3.86 ERA) and David Hale (2-2, 5.86 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (34-44) and the Colorado Rockies (33-42) at O.C. Coliseum. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 29 and can be seen on ROOT-RM and CSN-CA.
Graveman pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking two in an 8-2 win over the Rangers. Stephen Vogt (.300, 38 Rs, 13 HRs, 53 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run. Hale went 4.2 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out two and walking three in an 8-7 defeat to the Diamondbacks in his most recent start. Nolan Arenado (.293, 49 Rs, 24 HRs, 68 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Rockies, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs.
Oakland is a -140 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 -1,676 and a record as the favorite of 22-26. In interleague play, they have a 1-1 record when they were the favorite and 3-1 SU. The Athletics have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.7 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.5 runs per game. 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 3.2 per game. Oakland's pitchers put it all together when National League teams are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game drops to 2.8 against NL teams, compared to its 3.9 season average. 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 26-27 record and an overall money line of -464. Colorado has had a tough time against teams in the AL, coming in winless. They have a 0-5 record as the underdog and 0-6 SU. Offensively, the Rockies have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.6 runs per game by averaging 6.4 during that stretch. The Rockies have a dynamic offense, ranking fifth in the league with 235 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 6.2 against teams from the AL.
The Athletics have a 30-30 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hale takes the mound. Graveman (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rockies, who have a 30-31 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
For the 15th time this season, the Athletics registered at least two errors in a game.
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 are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Athletics have a 0-2 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 25-11. The Rockies have a 24-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the top five of the league based on total runs this season, Oakland ranks third with 348 runs and Colorado is fifth with 344.
Ranking 25th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 175 this season. Oakland ranks in the top five at fifth with 245.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 22-20, well-matched with the Rockies who are 30-22 when hitting one or more homers.