Oakland Athletics vs Arizona Diamondbacks Prediction, 8/18/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Arizona Diamondbacks
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Location: Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Athletics (-145) Diamondbacks (+134)
Starling Marte and the Arizona Diamondbacks (11-11, 3rd in NL West) play the Oakland Athletics (16-6, 1st in AL West) at Chase Field on Tuesday. The Athletics open this matchup at -145 while the Diamondbacks are priced at +134. The O/U opens at 9. The expected starting pitchers will be Frankie Montas and Luke Weaver.
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
8/16/2020 Burch Smith RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 3
8/10/2020 A.J RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
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
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Athletics have a 16-6 overall record this season. Montas has taken the ball for 231 innings and has earned 224 punchouts so far in his MLB career. His ERA is 3.62 (93 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.329. He has allowed 225 base hits (8.8 hits per nine innings) and has had 82 walks. Montas (17-10 win-loss record in his career) has a FIP of 3.81 and he has gone up against 986 opposing batters during his time in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.32 and they have given up 69 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .183 against the bullpen and they've struck out 102 hitters and walked 31 batters. As a team, Oakland allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.52. The Athletics pitchers collectively have given up 179 base hits and 79 earned runs. They have allowed 25 home runs this season, ranking them 19th in the league. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 63 batters and struck out 189. They have walked 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.20 and their FIP as a unit is 3.84.
As a team Oakland is hitting .230, good for 21st in the league. The Athletics hold a .430 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .333, which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 20th in MLB with 7.6 hits per game. Khris Davis is hitting .149 with an on-base percentage of .273. He has 7 hits this season in 47 at bats with 6 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .234 and an OPS+ of 45. Matt Olson is hitting .185 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .327. He has totaled 15 hits and he has driven in 16 men in 81 at bats. His OPS+ is 123 while his slugging percentage is at .481. The Athletics have 168 hits, including 27 doubles and 35 home runs. Oakland has walked 99 times so far this season and they have struck out 221 times as a unit. They have left 144 men on base and have a team OPS of .763. They score 5.36 runs per contest and have scored a total of 118 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Arizona has a 11-11 overall mark this year. Weaver (19-23 win-loss record in his career) has earned a 4.72 ERA while allowing 9.6 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.12 and he has faced 1,358 batters so far in his MLB career. So far in his MLB career, Weaver has conceded 332 base hits while he has totaled 324 punchouts in 311 innings pitched. He has allowed 163 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.402 and a FIP of 4.1. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.02 and they have given up 80 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .215 against the Diamondbacks bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 92 batters and walked 42 opposing hitters. As a team, Arizona allows 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.6 batters per nine innings. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 5.51. The Diamondbacks pitchers as a team have surrendered 189 base knocks and 117 earned runs this season. They have given up 46 home runs this year, which ranks 1st in Major League Baseball. Arizona as a staff has walked 87 hitters and struck out 204 batters. They give up a walk 4.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.45 while their FIP as a staff is 5.67.
As a team, they are batting .253, good for 7th in the league. The Diamondbacks hold a .388 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320, which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. Starling Marte comes into this matchup batting .351 with an OBP of .425. He has 27 hits this year along with 10 RBI in 77 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .506 with an OPS+ of 155. David Peralta is hitting .321 this season and he has an OBP of .379. He has collected 25 hits in 78 at bats while driving in 15 runs. He has an OPS+ of 120 and a slugging percentage of .423. The Diamondbacks as a unit have 188 base hits, including 43 doubles and 18 homers. Arizona has walked 64 times this year and they have struck out on 166 occasions. They have had 144 men left on base and have an OPS of .708. They have scored 4.77 runs per game and totaled 105 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Athletics/Diamondbacks MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Diamondbacks (+134)
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