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MLB Betting Preview: San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics- July 7th, 2014

A pair of rivals will get together on Monday for the first of four straight games. The Oakland Athletics will host the first two games, and then on Wednesday the series will shift to San Francisco. Both Oakland and San Francisco look at themselves as contenders in their respective divisions and also in all of Major League Baseball. San Francisco is 49-39, and second place in the National League West. The Giants trail the Dodgers by just ½ game. For Oakland, after their big trade this weekend, which placed them among the top of contenders, they come into the game with a 55-33 record, which is best in all of baseball and 3.5 games ahead of the Angels in the American League West. The Giants are 24-16 on the road, while the Athletics are 28-15 at home.

Winners of four straight and 7 of their last 10, things are going well for the Oakland Athletics. Oakland is the top run scoring team in all of baseball with 435. That’s surprising when you look at their roster, and Oakland is typically made up of strong pitching. This could be the year for the Athletics. The top offensive threats for Oakland are Coco Crisp, who is batting .291, along with Brandon Moss. Moss has struck 19 homeruns and drove in 62 runs. On the mound for Oakland will be 30 year old Jesse Chavez. Despite having a 15-20 career record, many look at Chavez as a huge part of the Oakland rotation. In 2014 Chavez has won 6 and lost 5. In his most recent start, the pitcher from California took a loss to the Tigers, throwing just 5 innings. Chavez is allowing foes to bat .251 off him, and .267 in his career.

For the Giants, they will send Ryan Voglesong to the mound. The 36 year old right-hander is 5-5 on the season. In his last start, he took a 2-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. In that loss, he pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just 6 hits and 2 runs. In his last 3 starts, he has allowed 7 runs in 18 innings pitched. The problem for the Giants has been finding consistent offense. San Francisco is missing Angel Pagan, who is a huge part of the front of the lineup. The Giants are seeing Hunter Pence hit right around .300, while Michael Morse has been a nice pick-up, leading the team with 14 homeruns and 46 runs batted in.

Consensus

We like the underdog in this game. While Oakland is playing red-hot baseball, we like the Giants to get off to a nice start in this series. San Francisco would love to reclaim the National League West in this final week before the All Star Break. For this game, we like the underdog Giants. Our bet is going to be – San Francisco Giants +145.

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