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The Oakland Athletics and the Pittsburgh Pirates will both be gunning for a victory on Monday when they meet at PNC Park in an interleague contest.

The Athletics will trot Bartolo Colon out to the mound in this one. Righthander Colon has a 11-3 record and a 2.78 ERA this season.

The Pirates will counter Colon with Jeff Locke. Lefthander Locke has a 2.12 ERA to go along with a 8-1 record this season.

Oakland was a 10-4 winner in its last match on the road against the Royals. They won as -128 favorites, while the total score of 14 made winners of OVER bettors.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Cubs on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cubs at +135 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Current streak:
Pittsburgh has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Oakland: 52-37 SU
Pittsburgh: 53-34 SU

Oakland most recently:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Pittsburgh are 8-1
After playing Kansas City are 7-3
After a win are 4-6

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Oakland are 1-8
After playing Chi Cubs are 4-6
After a loss are 8-2

A few trends to consider:
Oakland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Oakland is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland's last 6 games on the road
Oakland is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
Pittsburgh is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Pittsburgh's last 13 games at home
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Oakland, Tuesday, July 9