Oakland A’s vs. Chicago Cubs
The Oakland A’s and the Chicago Cubs face off on Tuesday in Oakland for game one of their interleague series. The Athletics are -181 favorites over the Cubs with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Oakland A’s are in a battle in the American League West which looks like it is going to come right down to the wire. The A’s are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 26-13 at home this season, and they are a half of a game out of the lead in the AL West. As a team, the A’s are hitting .249 with Josh Donaldson hitting .316, Jed Lowrie hitting .309, and Seth Smith hitting .278. The A’s opponents are hitting .244 and the Oakland pitching staff has an ERA of 3.76 with the starters at 4.00 and the bullpen at 3.26. For game one against the Cubs, the A’s start A.J. Griffin who won last time out to end a personal three decision losing streak. For the season, Griffin has allowed 88 hits and 41 earned runs while striking out 81 over 103.2 innings for a 6-6 record and a 3.56 ERA.
The Chicago Cubs have won their last two games and while they are already out of it in the NL Central, they are building for the future. The Cubs are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 18-23 on the road this season, and they are 15.5 games back in the National League Central. As a team, the Cubs are hitting .241 with Wellington Castillo hitting .267, Alfonso Soriano hitting .257, and Anthony Rizzo hitting .252. The Cubs opponents are hitting .243 and the Chicago pitching staff has an ERA of 3.94 with the starters at 3.79 and the bullpen at 4.29. For game one at Oakland the Cubs start Scott Feldman, who is putting together a solid season. For the year, Feldman has allowed 79 hits and 35 earned runs while striking out 67 over 91 innings for a 7-6 record and a 3.46 ERA.
Oakland is 39-12 in their last 51 games as a home favorite, 4-1 in their last five games, and 13-3 in Griffin’s last 16 home starts. Chicago is 10-3 in their last 13 interleague games, 17-35 in their last 52 games following an off day, and 2-5 in Feldman’s last seven starts against a team with a winning record. Chicago is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two.
The A’s are where the Cubs hope to be in the near future, but they should compete here and getting the big odds the Cubs are the play for this game.
Chicago Cubs +171 Oakland A’s