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The A’s Have Becoming A Surprisingly Hot Play

The Oakland Athletics are a distant fourth in the AL West and are nine games under .500, but they have become surprisingly hot of late. The A’s are 6-2 SU in their past eight games while also covering the runline in seven of those contests. Oakland will look to continue their recent play when they kick off a three-game set with the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday.

Shark Bites
  • The Athletics have won 11 of the past 12 meetings against the Pirates.
  • The UNDER is 5-0 in the past five meetings between the A’s and Pirates.
  • Sterling Marte is 9-for-25 during his current six-game hitting streak.

Jeff Locke will be starting on the road, which should be terrifying for Pirates' fans. Locke has a 7.36 ERA while allowing opponents to bat .316 in his eight road starts this season. In Locke’s past two starts on the road, he has allowed 18 earned runs across 8.0 innings of work.

Sonny Gray has been solid over the past month of play, with the right-hander posting a 3.23 ERA across his past five starts. Gray has only surrendered more than two earned runs once in his past five starts – and that was against a Rangers’ offense that ranks sixth in runs.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Oakland Athletics as -135 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB betting odds matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 5.7-4.4 result in favor of the Pirates. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Oakland Athletics Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

35-44 Oakland battles the Pirates, currently with a 38-41 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Oakland vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 13 (Oakland Athletics) and the No. 28 (Pittsburgh Pirates) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Oakland Athletics No. 18-rated offense, averaging 4.24 runs per game, against a Pittsburgh Pirates defense that ranks No. 21 at 4.78 in runs allowed per game. The Oakland Athletics have averaged 8.68 hits per game so far, less than Pittsburgh Pirates batters have averaged on the year (9.15 hits per game).

Defensively, Pittsburgh features the No. 24-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.97 runs per game. Oakland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 24 at home, scoring 3.98 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Pirates grabbed a win last time out, defeating W Miley and the Mariners 8-1 on Wednesday at Safeco Field.

The Athletics endured a 12-6 loss at the hands of the Giants on Thursday, with Dillon Overton throwing 3 innings of 8-hit ball at O.co Coliseum.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
  • Oakland is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Oakland is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oakland's last 8 games
  • Oakland is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh at Oakland, Saturday, July 2nd

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