Oakland Athletics vs Miami Marlins Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 22 (8/22): MLB

Oakland Athletics vs Miami Marlins Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 22 (8/22): MLB

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Odds

Time 9:40 p.m. EST
Marlins money line -140
Marlins run line -1.5 (+145)
Athletics money line +117
Athletics run line +1.5 (-145)
Over / under 7

 

Key stats

  Miami Marlins Oakland Athletics
Record 52-69 45-77
Home / road record 27-36 19-40
Last 10 record 2-8 4-6
Streak L4 W2
Over / under record 52-63-6 51-63-7
Runs / game 3.68 3.38
Runs allowed / game 4.13 4.55

 

Preview

The Miami Marlins visit the Oakland Athletics to play a 3-game series at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The Athletics won their last series against the Mariners while the Marlins were swept by the Dodgers.

Miami Marlins

The Marlins get here with a 52-69 record and have lost 8 of their last 10 games. The team is averaging 3.68 runs per game. They're batting for .232 AVG, have 444 runs scored in 937 hits and 109 home runs, ranking #27 in offense in the league behind the Washington Nationals. Jesus Aguilar leads with 15 home runs, 48 RBI. Garret Cooper is batting for an average of .274. 

Defensively they are allowing 4.13 runs per game and rank #12 in the league. Sandy Alcantara is leading the team with a 2.19 ERA, 157 strikeouts and 11 wins recorded.

Probable Pitcher:

Pablo Lopez (7-8, 3.83 ERA) will be on the mound for the Marlins in the 1st game of the series. Lopez took the loss Wednesday, coughing up six runs on six hits and three walks over 4.2 innings as the Marlins fell 10-3 to the Padres. He struck out two. He hasn't pitched against the A's in his career.

Oakland Athletics

The Athletics get here with a 45-77 record and have won 4 of their last 6 games. The team is averaging 3.38 runs per game. They're batting for .216 AVG, 414 runs scored in 864 hits and 104 home runs, ranking #29 in offense, the second worst in the MLB behind the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sean Murphy is batting for .253 AVG. Seth Brown leads the team with 49 RBI and 17 home runs.

Defensively are allowing 4.55 runs per game, ranking #23 in the league. Paul Blackburn leads the team with a 4.28 ERA, 89 strikeouts and 7 wins recorded with the A's.

Probable Pitcher:   Adam Oller (2-5, 6.63 ERA)

Oller will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Athletics. Oller earned the win Wednesday, allowing one run on five hits and one walk over six innings against the Rangers. He struck out four. He hasn't pitched against the Marlins in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

Miami Marlins are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Miami's last 9 games on the road.

Miami are 5-15 SU in their last 20 games against an opponent in the American League.

Oakland A's are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games at home.

Oakland A's are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the National League.

Prediction

The Athletics upset the Mariners in the weekend series but they still have an awful 19-39 record at home. Adam Oller will get the ball for this game who was good in his last start but has a terrible 6.63 ERA this season. The Marlins have struggled offensively as they have some key players still out. Pablo Lopez will take the mound who has struggled lately and the Marlins have lost in his last 4 starts. These are two of the worst offenses in the league so expect a low scoring game. Take the under.

PICK: Under 7 (-110)

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