Athletics vs. Giants MLB Pick – August 13th

The Oakland Athletics do not have to go home yet, but they will be shut in San Francisco within the next two days. The Athletics haven’t played a match at home since August 4th against the Cardinals. It has been an extended road trip for the Athletics, but the end is in sight. They’ll welcome the Houston Astros for a tough four-game series in the home and another catchy series from the New York Yankees.
That can be a winnable two games for the A’s compared to the Astros and Yankees, so that they must get the most out of it against a team like the Giants. Having said that, they don’t have a simple matchup tonight against Madison Bumgarner.
The Athletics enter San Francisco 1.5 games back from the postseason. Things aren’t too tight in the American League, thus there isn’t anyone behind them now. The Red Sox lost again , helping the Athletics out some. They’re slowly fading away, while the Wild Card Game is a three-team race between the Twins, Rays, and A’s. After having an Indians’ win , the Tribe moved to 1st of the AL Central.
Their comeback is complete, but they must hold on now. After down by roughly ten games, the Indians have stormed back to take the lead. They were the favorites of this division going the 2019 campaign and they’ve been playing it. In other words, the failure of the AL Central has a great likelihood of still going to the postseason, albeit you needing to play at the play-in game.
Brett Anderson will get the call for the Athletics from Madison Bumgarner of the Giants tonight. Bumgarner ended up remaining in San Francisco after much speculation regarding his future. The rumors were so rampant and it seemed like a lock that he was likely to be pitching elsewhere, however, the Giants held on to him for a jog in a wildcard. Head below for our free Athletics vs. Giants pick.
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Despite retaining Bumgarner, the Giants knew that their chances of getting to the postseason were just not a lock by some other way. The team was playing well at the deadline and put themselves in a position to make a run in the postseason, but unless the front office was delusional, it’s no guarantee they play baseball in October. I could say that when I had been a team visiting the postseason, I am trusting that the Giants don’t make it. They have plenty of experience at understanding how to succeed in October.
Bumgarner isn’t a guy I would want to face in a do-or-die situation. He is coming from a spectacular performance, as he held the Phillies to only 1 hit in a 5-0 win. Bumgarner retains a 3.08 ERA and 0.98 WHIP at house in San Francisco. He has been dominant against the Athletics previously, as they’re hitting just .186 against him 102 at-bats.
Unexpectedly, Anderson has been hammered to get a .356 batting average and .406 OBP against the Giants. There are just five hitters in their lineup that are hitting better than .300 from Anderson. Evan Longoria was heating up, hitting 5-for-7 in his last two games.
Helping the Giants out this season has been their bullpen. In a year that has seen a great deal of numbers around the downswing, the Giants’ pen has been solid with a 3.70 ERA for 3rd at the major leagues. That’s 1 reason why the Giants have won three World Series in the previous decade. They’ve always acknowledged a solid bullpen is necessary if you want to go anywhere. Oddly, the Athletics’ bullpen own a 4.04 ERA. I am about the Giants to start this up two-game show with a win supporting their ace.

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