Oakland A’s vs San Francisco Giants MLB Lines & Game Preview

Posted by Alex Murphy on Thursday,July 23, 2015 3:32, EST in

When the schedule is released at the start of the season, it’s tough to tell what sort of hand you have been dealt, as there is really no way to know how good or bad any given team is going to be. Once the second half hits, though, you tend to know exactly what you are up against in the final few months of the season. The San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s have very different tasks ahead of them, and they will meet for 3 games by the Bay, starting on Friday. Be sure to be on the lookout for more MLB betting odds by clicking here.

A Look at the Oakland A’s vs San Francisco Giants MLB Lines & Game Preview

Time: Friday, 10:15 p.m. ET
Venue: AT&T Park, San Francisco
National TV: none
Opening line: Giants -133, A’s +123 (7)

The World Champion San Francisco Giants (51-44) stumbled to the break on a losing skid that had dropped them off the pace being set atop the division by the LA Dodgers. They had a number of guys just off the DL or getting ready to come back, so they must have been welcoming the extra time to rest up some guys.

That definitely seems to have been the case, as they have come back strong, winning 5 of 6 games to start the second half, and all against division rivals. This is the perfect time for the Giants to hit a run of form, as they will now have 12 straight games against opponents who have records below .500. That said, the Giants have played better baseball against stronger teams this season, so they will need to be careful not to play down to the level of their opponents during this next stretch. Jake Peavy (1-4, 4.94 ERA) will be on the mound for the Giants on Friday looking for a second straight win.

You have to give a little bit of credit to the Oakland A’s (44-52) for getting themselves out of the cellar in the West and continuing to plug away in what looks like a lost cause. They have gone 3-2 to start the second half, but they have a schedule ahead of them that could very well bring their season to a close by mid-August. The fact that there is an 11-game home stand on the horizon would be good news for a number of teams, but it’s not so positive for the A’s, who are 7 games under the .500 mark on home field. The A’s have been pretty good defensively to start the second half, and they are going to have to maintain that to avoid the next few weeks becoming a total disaster. Jesse Chavez (5-9, 3.21 ERA) will be looking for his second straight win when he gets the ball on Friday night.

Key Online Betting Trends

Oakland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
San Francisco is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games

Consider This Before Placing Your Bets

I think the Giants see this next stretch of games as their opportunity to seize the division back, and I just don’t see them letting it slip by. I think they will get things started with a win over Oakland.