Oakland Athletics vs Philadelphia Phillies Prediction, 4/8/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Philadelphia Phillies
Date: Friday, April 8, 2022
Location: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Odds/Point Spread: Oakland (+150) Philadelphia (-170)
The Philadelphia Phillies (82-80 last year) will play the Oakland Athletics (86-76 last season) at Citizens Bank Park on Friday. The line on this matchup has the Athletics at +150 while the Phillies are sitting at -170. The betting total is set at 8. The expected starting pitchers are Frankie Montas and Aaron Nola.
Oakland had a slugging percentage of .406 and struck out 1,349 times, while drawing a walk on 545 occasions. They accrued 698 runs batted in as well as 1,283 hits during the previous year, while their team batting average was at .238. The Athletics hit 271 two-baggers as a unit and knocked 199 baseballs out of the park. They notched a total of 743 runs while holding a team OBP of .316. As a team, the Oakland Athletics knocked in 4.6 runs/g, which ranked them 11th in the league.
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Athletics pitchers surrendered 191 home runs in addition to 687 runs in total (12th in baseball). Their pitching staff walked 439 opposing players and their FIP was 4.10 as a team over the course of last year. They had a K/BB ratio of 3.03 and the pitching staff finished with a WHIP of 1.26. The Athletics had an earned run average of 4.02 in the previous season (13th in the league), and their staff struck out 1,332 hitters.
The Athletics sent 504 relievers to the mound last season. The relief pitchers inherited 180 base runners for the prior year and 35.6% of those players crossed home plate. They earned 39 saves for the previous season and missed out on 28 of 67 save opportunities. The Athletics relief pitchers earned a save rate of 58.2% and came into the game in 138 save situations. The relief pitchers finished with 71 holds during the previous year (23rd in baseball). Athletics relief pitchers entered the game with players on base 123 times in addition to having 148 games in high leverage situations.
The Oakland Athletics amassed 4,299 putouts for the previous season, in addition to 1,320 assists and 72 errors. Their fielding percentage was previously at .987 which had them ranked 5th in MLB, and had a total of 116 double plays. The Athletics transformed 69.8% of balls in play into outs out of their 12,897 innings on the field, which ranked them 13th in professional baseball.
Montas has thrown 448 frames and is sitting with 469 punch outs during his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 3.86 (192 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.306. He has given up 432 base knocks (8.7 hits per nine innings) and has 153 walks. Montas (31-23 record in his career) has a FIP of 3.79 while he has gone up against 1,910 hitters in the major leagues.
The Phillies had a slugging percentage of .408 and they averaged 4.53 runs per game (13th in MLB). They hit 262 doubles, while walking 564 times as well as scoring 734 runs. Philadelphia was sitting with 198 home runs over the course of last season and 700 runs batted in. They were called out on strikes on 1,402 occasions (15th in the league) and had 1,288 base hits. The Philadelphia Phillies had an OBP of .318 and a team batting average of .240 in the previous season.
The Phillies held a team WHIP of 1.290 and were the owners of a FIP of 4.15 as a unit in the previous season. They finished at 15th in the league as a staff in total hits allowed with 1,321. The Philadelphia pitching staff surrendered 745 runs last season while holding an ERA of 4.39 (692 earned runs relinquished). They had a K/BB ratio of 2.91 (1,480 strikeouts against 509 bases on balls). They conceded 200 home runs and they surrendered 4.73 runs per 9 innings (17th in baseball).
Finishing with 146 save situations, the Phillies tallied 70 holds and also 34 blown saves. Philadelphia called on relief pitchers to step onto the hill in 70 save chances and they walked away with 36 saves. Their relief pitchers stepped onto the mound 165 times in high leverage situations and also on 144 occasions with base runners. Philadelphia bullpen pitchers had an inherited score rate of 41.8% out of 225 inherited runners. They ranked 26th in baseball with a save percentage of 51.4%, and they dispatched 525 relief pitchers to the mound last season.
Philadelphia Phillies turned 142 double plays and had a fielding rate of .984 (21st in professional baseball). The Phillies accrued 1,439 assists, 94 errors and had 4,256 putouts over the course of last year. Out of their 12,768 innings on the field, the Phillies finished with a defensive efficiency of 68.7% (24th in professional baseball).
Nola (67-49 career mark) is the owner of a 3.68 ERA while surrendering 7.8 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.86 and he has gone up against 4,215 hitters in his MLB career. He has given up a total of 418 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.158 and a FIP of 3.4. During his pro baseball career, Nola has given up 888 hits while accumulating 1,145 strikeouts in 1,023 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Oakland (+150)
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