Philadelphia Phillies at Oakland Athletics 9/20/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 9/19/2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
O.co Coliseum in Oakland
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Saturday afternoon, Jerome Williams (5 – 7, 5.03 ERA) gets the call for the Philadelphia Phillies as they face Drew Pomeranz (5 – 4, 2.53 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics. It will be the 10th start and 36th appearance for Williams and the 10th start and 20th appearance for Pomeranz.
Jerome Williams dropped his 2nd straight game in his last outing. Williams was a hard luck loser after giving up just a run on 3 hits in 7.2 innings. He walked 2 and struck out 6. Without any offense, Williams saw his fine start get wasted. He has slowed down since opening up with 3 wins in 4 starts for the Phillies and is 0 – 2 in his last 3 starts. Overall, he is 4 -3 in his last 10 appearances. In 2013, Williams went 9 – 10 with a 4.57 ERA in 25 starts and 12 relief appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.
Last season, Williams was 0 – 2 with a 4.26 ERA in 2 starts and 3 relief appearances against the A’s. He is 2 – 0 in 4 appearances against Oakland this season.
Drew Pomeranz will come in and make another spot start for the A’s in this one. He pitched 3 innings and allowed a hit while striking out 3 in his last appearance. He has pitched better than his record indicates and held three straight opponents scoreless en route to 3 straight wins in May. He is 4 - 3 in his last 10 appearances. Last season, Pomeranz was 0 – 4 with a 6.23 ERA in 4 starts and 4 relief appearances for the Colorado Rockies.
Pomeranz didn’t face the Phillies in 2013 but he has seen many of them before. Chase Utley is 2 for 2 against Pomeranz.
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
Philadelphia Phillies are 79-63-11 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Philadelphia Phillies is -0.4
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics are 73-70-9 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Oakland Athletics is 1
Injuries to Watch
09/16/14 P Jonathan Papelbon Suspension expected to miss 7 games
09/11/14 SS Jimmy Rollins Hamstring out indefinitely
09/05/14 P Mario Hollands Shoulder 60-day DL (9/4)
08/01/14 P Cliff Lee Elbow 15-day DL (7/31), out for season
06/20/14 3B Reid Brignac Ankle 15-day DL (6/20)
09/19/14 RF Josh Reddick Ankle probable Friday vs. Philadelphia Phillies
09/10/14 CF Craig Gentry Concussion out indefinitely
08/25/14 C John Jaso Concussion 15-day DL (9/8)
06/24/14 1B Kyle Blanks Calf 60-day DL (6/23)
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
Guy's Pick: Take Oakland
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