Arizona Diamondbacks vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, 8/19/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arizona Diamondbacks vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Location: Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Diamondbacks (+161) Athletics (-175)
Matt Olson and the Oakland Athletics (16-7, 1st in AL West) host the Arizona Diamondbacks (12-11, 3rd in NL West) at Oakland Coliseum on Wednesday. The line on this matchup has the Diamondbacks coming in at +161 and the Athletics are at -175. The over/under opens at 8.5. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Merrill Kelly and Jesus Luzardo.
Key Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries
8/16/2020 Jeremy Beasley RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/10/2020 Madison Bumgarner SP Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
7/23/2020 Corbin Martin SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
6/29/2020 Silvino Bracho RP Elbow Out for the season
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
8/17/2020 Burch Smith RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 7
8/10/2020 A.J RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Diamondbacks have a 12-11 overall record this season. Kelly has pitched in 209 innings and is sitting with 180 K's thus far in his career. His ERA is 4.09 (95 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.267. He has conceded 205 hits (8.8 hits per 9 innings) with 60 free passes. Kelly (16-15 win-loss record in his career) sits with a FIP of 4.42 and he has gone up against 879 hitters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.00 and they have given up 83 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .217 against the bullpen and they've struck out 92 hitters and walked 43 batters. As a team, Arizona allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 5.36. The Diamondbacks pitchers collectively have given up 195 base hits and 119 earned runs. They have allowed 47 home runs this season, ranking them 1st in the league. Arizona as a pitching staff has walked 89 batters and struck out 212. They have walked 4 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 5.55.
As a team Arizona is hitting .254, good for 7th in the league. The Diamondbacks hold a .392 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323, which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 8.6 hits per game. David Peralta is hitting .337 with an on-base percentage of .391. He has 28 hits this season in 83 at bats with 17 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .482 and an OPS+ of 136. Starling Marte is hitting .350 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .435. He has totaled 28 hits and he has driven in 10 men in 80 at bats. His OPS+ is 154 while his slugging percentage is at .500. The Diamondbacks have 198 hits, including 46 doubles and 19 home runs. Arizona has walked 68 times so far this season and they have struck out 171 times as a unit. They have left 155 men on base and have a team OPS of .714. They score 4.74 runs per contest and have scored a total of 109 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Oakland has a 16-7 overall mark this year. Luzardo (1-0 career mark) has earned a 3.63 earned run average while allowing 7.5 hits per nine innings. His SO/W ratio is 3.00 and he has faced 135 hitters so far in his pro baseball career. So far in his MLB career, Luzardo has conceded 27 hits while tallying 36 strikeouts in 32 frames. He has given up a total of 13 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.211 and a FIP of 3.8. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.34 and they have given up 74 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .188 against the Athletics bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 104 batters and walked 32 opposing hitters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.55. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 189 base knocks and 83 earned runs this season. They have given up 26 home runs this year, which ranks 22nd in Major League Baseball. Oakland as a staff has walked 67 hitters and struck out 194 batters. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.22 while their FIP as a staff is 3.88.
As a team, they are batting .228, good for 23rd in the league. The Athletics hold a .425 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329, which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 21st in MLB with 7.6 hits per contest. Matt Olson comes into this matchup batting .176 with an OBP of .314. He has 15 hits this year along with 16 RBI in 85 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .459 with an OPS+ of 114. Khris Davis is hitting .149 this season and he has an OBP of .273. He has collected 7 hits in 47 at bats while driving in 6 runs. He has an OPS+ of 45 and a slugging percentage of .234. The Athletics as a unit have 174 base hits, including 28 doubles and 36 homers. Oakland has walked 101 times this year and they have struck out on 229 occasions. They have had 149 men left on base and have an OPS of .754. They have scored 5.26 runs per game and totaled 121 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Diamondbacks/Athletics MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Athletics (-175)
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