Oakland Athletics at Atlanta Braves 8/17/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 8/16/2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Turner Field in Atlanta
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On Sunday night, Jon Lester (13-7) will be going for his fourth win in row when the Oakland Athletics go up against Mike Minor (4-8) and the Atlanta Braves.
On Tuesday, Jon Lester pitched six innings against the Kansas City Royals on the road and finished with his 13th win of the season. He allowed three runs on six base hits in that outing while striking out nine batters and walking two. He now has a 2.51 ERA on the year and has only given up 146 hits in 164.2 innings of work.
Braves outfielder B.J. Upton hit two home runs off of Lester in his career, but he is just 12-for-58 against him overall with four walks and 13 strikeouts. Ryan Doumit is 3-for-6 against him with two doubles and three RBI.
Left-hander Mike Minor lost his second game in a row on Tuesday when he was defeated by the Los Angels Dodgers on the road. He pitched 6.2 innings in that start and allowed three runs on eight base hits while walking one and striking out seven. He currently owns a 5.33 ERA on the season and has given up 135 hits in 104.2 innings on the mound.
A's outfielder Jonny Gomes has two hits in his five at-bats against Minor with two doubles and one strikeout. None of the other A's have faced Minor yet.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics are 59-55-7 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Oakland Athletics is 1.4
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
Atlanta Braves are 50-64-7 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Atlanta Braves is 0
Injuries to Watch
08/14/14 SS Jed Lowrie Finger out indefinitely
08/03/14 2B Nick Punto Hamstring 15-day DL (8/3)
07/29/14 CF Craig Gentry Hand 15-day DL (7/28)
06/24/14 1B Kyle Blanks Calf 15-day DL (6/23)
04/04/14 SS Jake Elmore Quad 60-day DL (3/28)
03/30/14 P A.J. Griffin Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Fernando Rodriguez Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/20), out for season
08/15/14 LF Justin Upton Leg is downgraded to doubtful Friday vs. Oakland Athletics
07/29/14 P Shae Simmons Shoulder 15-day DL (7/29)
06/20/14 P Gavin Floyd Elbow 60-day DL (6/20), out for season
06/20/14 P Pedro Beato Elbow 15-day DL (6/19)
03/29/14 P Brandon Beachy Elbow 60-day DL (3/21), out for season
03/29/14 P Cory Gearrin Elbow 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Kris Medlen Elbow 60-day DL (3/21), out for season
03/28/14 P Jonny Venters Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Guy's Pick: Take Oakland
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