The Oakland Athletics do not have to go home yet, but they will be close in San Francisco within the next two days. The Athletics have not played a game at home since August 4th against the Cardinals. It’s been an extended road trip for the Athletics, but the finish is in sight. They will welcome the Houston Astros to get a tough four-game series in the home and another tricky series from the New York Yankees.
That is a winnable two matches to the A’s when compared with Astros and Yankees, therefore 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 go into San Francisco 1.5 games back of this postseason. Matters aren’t too tight in the American League, thus there isn’t anybody behind them currently. The Red Sox lost again , helping the Athletics out some. They’re gradually fading away, while the Wild Card Game is really a three-team race involving the Twins, Rays, along with A’s. After having an Indians’ win , the Tribe moved to 1st of the AL Central.
Their recovery is complete, but they have to hold on today. After down by about ten matches, the Indians have reverted right back to take the lead. They were the favorites of the division going the 2019 campaign and they have been playing like it. To put it differently, the loser of the AL Central has a fantastic prospect of still going to the postseason, albeit one having to play at the play-in game.
Brett Anderson will Find the call for the Athletics against Madison Bumgarner of the Giants tonight. Bumgarner ended up staying in San Francisco after much speculation concerning his future. The rumors were rampant and it seemed like a lock he was going to be hurling everywhere, but the Giants held on to him for a jog at a wildcard. Head below for our free Athletics vs. Giants select.
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Despite retaining Bumgarner, the Giants understood that their chances of getting into the postseason were just not a lock by some other means. The group was playing well at the deadline and place themselves in a position to make a run at the postseason, however unless the front office has been delusional, it is no guarantee they play baseball in October. I shall say that if I were a team visiting the postseason, I’m hoping the Giants don’t make it. They have loads of experience at understanding how to succeed in October.
Bumgarner is not a guy I would want to face in a do-or-die circumstance. He is coming from a dramatic performance, as he held the Phillies to only 1 hit into a 5-0 win. Bumgarner retains a 3.08 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in the house in San Francisco. He has been notable against the Athletics previously, as they are hitting just .186 against him in 102 at-bats.
Conversely, Anderson has gotten hammered for a .356 batting average and .406 OBP against the Giants. There are five hitters in their lineup that are hitting greater than .300 from Anderson. Evan Longoria has been warming up, hitting 5-for-7 in his last two matches.
Helping the Giants out this year was their bullpen. In a year that has witnessed a lot of numbers around the downswing, the Giants’ pen was strong with a 3.70 ERA for 3rd in the major leagues. That’s one reason the Giants have won three World Series in the last decade. They have always acknowledged a strong bullpen is necessary if you would like to move anyplace. Unexpectedly, the Athletics’ bullpen own a 4.04 ERA. I am about the Giants to start up this two-game show with a win behind their genius.