John Lamb (1-3, 4.74 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds (24-38) meet Kendall Graveman (2-6, 5.49 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (25-36) in the last of a three-game interleague series at the Great American Ball Park. The Athletics lost the last game 2-1, extending a seven-game losing streak. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 12 and will air on CSCA and FSOH.
In his most recent outing, Lamb pitched 7.1 innings, allowing three, striking out five and walking two in a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals. Jay Bruce (.276, 36 Rs, 14 HRs, 44 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run, one home run, two RBIs, and one stolen base. The Athletics were unsuccessful against the Astros 6-5 the last time Graveman pitched. He went 4.1 innings, giving up five runs, striking out one and walking one. Danny Valencia (.338, 26 Rs, 9 HRs, 23 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Cincinnati is a -120 favorite with a total of 9.5.
Pick - Oak
In their last game, the Athletics lost by a margin of one run. The Reds are 11-13 in one-run games. The Athletics have a 7-12 record in close games.
After a weak showing last week where they got in six hits, the Reds need to step it up. The Athletics have a record of 15-4 when opponents get six hits or less.
The Reds are coming into the game with two consecutive wins, while the Athletics currently have a losing streak of seven.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 17-6. The Athletics have an 18-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th in runs, Oakland has earned 233 this season. Cincinnati ranks 16th with 270 runs.
Ranking 26th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.690). Cincinnati ranks in the bottom half at 20th with an OPS of .717.
When the Athletics allow at least one home run, they are 9-29. When the Reds allow one or more homers, they have a 17-30 record.