Oakland A's vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Odds & Picks

Date: 
August 17, 9:40 PM EDT
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Betting Odds

Moneyline: 
A's -110/ D'Backs -110
Total: 
9

Moneyline: A's -105/Diamondbacks -105
Over/Under: 9

Two teams coming off sweeps meet when the A's and Diamondbacks begin a four-game, two-city inter-league series Monday night in Phoenix. Oakland just pulled off a weekend sweep in San Francisco while Arizona just swept three games from San Diego. Who do we like here for our today's MLB pick?

MLB Betting Odds

Monday's MLB betting odds at Bet365 opened this game at right around a pick 'em, with an over/under of nine runs. Both figures were holding steady in early betting action.

A's vs. Diamondbacks Set-Up

Oakland just swept three games from the Giants in San Francisco over the weekend, winning Sunday's series finale 15-3. That game was tied at 2-2 when the A's put up a nine-spot in the fifth inning to take control.

Friday night, Oakland scored five runs in the ninth to tie the game, then won it in 10 innings 8-7. Then Saturday, the A's scored four runs in the ninth to steal a 7-6 decision.

Sunday's victory gave Oakland a four-game winning streak.

At 16-6 overall, the A's lead the AL West by 4.5 games over second-place Houston, and they're a half-game ahead of the Yankees in the battle for the best record in the American League.

Meanwhile, Arizona swept three games at home from San Diego, winning Sunday's series finale 5-4. The D'Backs trailed the Padres 4-2 through seven and a half innings Sunday, then got a two-out, three-run homer from Eduardo Escobar to take the lead and hung on from there.

The Diamondbacks also own a four-game winning streak.

At 11-11 overall, Arizona trails the division-leading Dodgers by 4.5 games in the NL West, but it's only 2.5 games behind second-place Colorado, and second place makes the playoffs this season.

These teams last met two seasons ago, when the A's took two of three games from the D'Backs in Oakland.

Monday's Starting Arms

Gallen is three-for-four on quality starts this season. Last Tuesday, he held Colorado to two runs and seven hits through seven innings, with zero walks against seven strikeouts. Unfortunately, Arizona lost that game 8-7. And just before that, he held Houston to two runs through six innings of a 5-4 Diamondbacks victory.

On the season, Gallen has allowed seven runs and 20 hits through 23 innings, with seven walks and 28 whiffs. Arizona is 3-1 with him this year.

This will be Gallen's first-ever action against Oakland.

Bassitt is one-for-four on quality starts this year, but he's been better than that ratio might indicate. Last Wednesday against the Angels, he gave up four runs and five hits, including two homers, through 5 2/3 innings, but the A's won that game anyway 8-4. And just before that, he limited the Astros to one run through seven frames of a 3-2 Oakland win.

On the season, Bassitt has allowed six runs and 16 hits through 22 1/3 innings, with four walks against 19 strikeouts. The A's are 4-0 with him.

This will be Bassitt's first-ever action against Arizona.

Monday's Batting Splits

Oakland is batting .229 against right-handed pitching this season, with a .338 team OBP and a .432 team slugging percentage. The A's have also scored 38 runs over their last four games.

Arizona is batting .255/.324/.398 vs. RH pitching this season. The D'Backs have also scored at least five runs each of their last seven games.

MLB Betting Trends

  • Oakland is 7-3 on the road this season.
  • Arizona is 6-4 at home this season.
  • Oakland is 11-6 vs. right-handed starters this season.
  • Arizona is 11-7 vs. RH starters this season.

Totals Report

  • Overs are 12-10 in A's games this season.
  • Unders are 12-10 in Diamondbacks games this season.
  • Unders are a combined 6-2 when Gallen and Bassitt start this season.
  • Unders are 6-4 in games played at Chase Field this season.

Free MLB Pick

Arizona might own a slight edge in the pitching match-up, but Oakland holds an edge in the bullpen comparison. So this game is lined about right, according to our main handicapping factors. But we do believe the A's are the better and more complete team, and they're on a roll, coming from behind to win games late. We like Oakland here for our free MLB pick for Monday.

A's vs. Diamondbacks Predictions 8/17/20

Arizona might own a slight edge in the pitching match-up, but Oakland holds an edge in the bullpen comparison. So this game is lined about right, according to our main handicapping factors. But we do believe the A's are the better and more complete team, and they're on a roll, coming from behind to win games late. We like Oakland here for our free MLB pick for Monday.

Free Pick: 
Take Oakland at pick'em
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