Oakland Athletics vs Philadelphia Phillies Prediction, Pick and Preview, April 9 (4/9): MLB

Oakland Athletics vs Philadelphia Phillies Prediction, Pick and Preview, April 9 (4/9): MLB

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Odds

Time 4:05 p.m. EST
Athletics money line +185
Athletics run line +1.5 (-111)
Phillies money line -263
Phillies run line -1.5 (-122)
Over / under 9

 

Key stats

  Oakland Athletics Philadelphia Phillies
Record 0-1 1-0
Road / home record 0-1 1-0
Last 10 record 0-1 1-0
Streak L1 W1
Over / under record 1-0 1-0
Runs / game 5.00 9.00
Runs allowed / game 9.00 5.00

 

Preview

The Oakland Athletics and the Philadelphia Phillies will play on Saturday afternoon the 2nd game of the only series these teams will play against each other. The Phillies won the 1st game of the series 9-5 at Philly.

Oakland Athletics

The A's lost their first game of the season 5-9 against the Phillies. Pinder went 2-4 with a single homerun in the 4th inning. Brown also homered in the 7th and pushed 3 more runs in the 7th as the A's were getting closer but the Phillies batters remain hot and scored two more runs in the 8th inning to win the game.

Oakland traded key players like Olson to the Braves, Marcus Semien to the Rangers and Chapman to the Blue Jays, so the hopes are really low to reach the playoffs this season.

Probable Pitcher: 

Cole Irvin (0-0, 0.0 ERA) will take the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the A's. The veteran scuffled to a 10-15 mark last season after a solid start, dropping eight of his last 12 decisions but still posting a serviceable 4.24 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. This will be the first time pitching against the Phillies.

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies got their first win of the season in the opening day and they smashed the ball hard. Schwarber slammed a homer off the second-deck facade in his first at-bat with the Phillies. Reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper also knocked in a run and Aaron Nola struck out seven to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 9-5 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday.

Phillies new adquisitions Schwarber and Castellanos make the Phillies strong contenders for the Playoffs this year.

Probable Pitcher:

Kyle Gibson (0-0, 0-0 ERA) will be on the mound for the Phillies in the 2nd game of the series. Gibson had a 10-9 record with an ERA of 3.71 and 155 strikeouts in 31 appearances in 2021. He has a record of 4-3 with an ERA of 4.58 and 40 strikeouts in 9 appearances versus the Athletics in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

Oakland are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games.

Oakland are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games on the road.

Philadelphia are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games at home.

The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Philadelphia's last 16 games against Oakland.

Prediction

The Athletics will struggle a lot this season with most of their best players traded although they managed to score 5 runs in their first game vs Phillies. On the other hand the renewed Phillies team looked strong and with Kyle Gibson coming from a bad spring training the Phillies will pound the ball again. The thing is, I don't know how much we can trust on Irvin so I think both teams will score enough runs to push the score to go over the total.

PICK: Over 9 (-110)

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