Jesse Chavez (2-6, 2.64 ERA) is on the hill for the Oakland Athletics (28-39) as they square off against Odrisamer Despaigne (3-4, 4.38 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (32-35) in the first of a two-game series at O.C. Coliseum. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 17 and can be seen on FSN-SD and CSN-CA.

Chavez is 0-0 with a 5.06 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and five strikeouts against the Padres. Josh Reddick (.305, 31 Rs, 10 HRs, 40 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run. Despaigne went 6.1 innings, surrendering one, striking out five and walking one in a 4-3 defeat to the Dodgers in his last outing. Justin Upton (.281, 41 Rs, 13 HRs, 41 RBIs, 13 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.

Oakland is a -149 favorite against San Diego and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Athletics have an overall money line of -1,840 and a record as the favorite of 17-22. Oakland is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Athletics have seen an uptick in scoring against teams in the NL, averaging 9.0 runs per game. They average 4.3 runs per game on the season. The Athletics are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits at home with an impressive 9.2 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 pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 2.9 runs per game, well under their season average of 3.9.

Over in the other dugout, San Diego is coming in with an overall money line of -229 and a disappointing record of 13-21 as the underdog. San Diego has put in a mixed performance against interleague opponents, coming in with a nice record as the underdog ({}) but quite a few losses SU (3-6). Offensively, the Padres have really sputtered in interleague games. They have decreased their season average of 4.2 runs per game by averaging 3.3 in those contests. The Padres allow 4.4 runs per game, but does worse whenever an AL opponent is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average up to 6.7 against teams from the AL.

The Athletics have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Athletics have a 24-26 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Despaigne takes the mound. Chavez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Padres, who have a 24-28 record against right-handed starting pitchers.

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


The Padres lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Athletics are 5-18. The Padres are 8-11 in close games this season.

When the Padres play into extra innings, they have a 4-3 record. The Athletics are 0-6 when their games exceed nine innings.

The Padres managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Athletics who are heading in with a 6-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.

When they are outhit, the Athletics are 5-25. The Padres have a 7-27 record when opponents outhit them.

Both falling in the bottom half of the league based on total home runs this season, Oakland ranks 17th with 57 homers and San Diego is 19th with 54.

Ranking 10th, San Diego is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.44 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.86.

Ranking 27th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.672). Oakland ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .710.

When the Padres allow at least one home run, they are 18-26. When the Athletics allow one or more homers, they have a 6-26 record.