Scott Kazmir (3-4, 2.79 ERA) starts for the Oakland Athletics (27-39) as they square off against Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.16 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (32-34) in the second of a two-game series at Petco Park. The Athletics won the last game 9-1 and Oakland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 3:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 16 and can be seen on FSN-SD.
Cashner pitched 6.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out one and walking four in a 6-4 defeat to the Braves. Wil Myers (.277, 30 Rs, 5 HRs, 19 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Against the Padres, Kazmir is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA, 1.83 WHIP, and 11 strikeouts. Stephen Vogt (.281, 31 Rs, 12 HRs, 45 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Athletics, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and five RBIs.
San Diego is a narrow -115 favorite at home against Oakland. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs for this matchup. Though the Padres have had a tough season in terms of their overall money line (-117), they have done fairly well as a favorite with a record of 19-12. Against the AL, they are winless as the favorite (0-3), but have an SU record of 3-5. The Padres have seen a decline in scoring against teams in the AL, averaging 3.6 runs per game. They average 4.3 runs per game on the season. San Diego's pitchers fall apart when American League teams are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game rises to 6.4 against AL teams, compared to its 4.4 season average.
In the other locker room, Oakland is coming in with an overall money line of -1,942 and a disappointing record of 9-17 as the underdog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-5 record when playing as the underdog. The Athletics are tough outs for opponents, ranking fourth in the AL with 8.8 hits per game. Oakland is excellent at drawing walks with 3.1 per road game, ranking fifth in the AL.
The Athletics have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Padres have an 8-6 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Kazmir takes the mound. Cashner (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 23-26 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, San Diego is 19-15, while Oakland is 11-22.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Padres are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Athletics have a 16-2 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
It looks like the Athletics have a slight leg up on the Padres, as the Athletics have won their last two games while the Padres have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 22-10. The Padres have a 22-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking sixth, San Diego is in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 279 this season. Oakland ranks in the top five at fifth with 282.
Ranking 20th, San Diego is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 174 this season. Oakland ranks in the top five at fourth with 210.
The Padres are 21-10 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 18-18 when they hit at least one homer.