I dove into each AL West team today for SI Gambling. The A's are one of my picks to go OVER 33.5 wins in 2020. https://www.si.com/gambling/2020/07/13/al-west-win-total-breakdown-over-under
MLB Betting: AL West Win Total Breakdown
SI Gambling analyst Ben Heisler continues his breakdowns through each MLB division, sharing his betting thoughts on each team's projected win total. Today, he dives into his picks for the AL West teams.
Fans of the Oakland Athletics had big plans for the Astros in the wake of their cheating scandal. But with the Coliseum off limits to fans, that won't happen. And Mike Fiers pitches Thursday, so the whistleblower won't face Houston this time around, either.
Just in case there was any chance that reliever Burch Smith might be an option to be sent down as the A's have to go from 30 to 28 players Thursday, he erased that by pitching 3.1 innings of perfect relief, helping the A's to their fifth consecutive win, 6-4 over the Rangers.
The Oakland Athletics went to Alameda County Superior Court Wednesday to file a suit against California, saying the state isn't doing enough to tamp down polution in West Oakland, near when the club hopes to build its new ballpark.
Oakland Athletics reliever Jake Diekman was one of the most vocal critics of the way MLB handled COVID-19 coronavirus testing a month ago. He’s been impressed with the way the sports’ system of testing has improved since a rocky debut he describes as `hot garbage.’
There was no `W' next to the namem of Jesús Luzardo in the box score Tuesday, but the rest of his first MLB start couldn't have been much better. The rookie left-hander threw five shutout innings against the Rangers, then celebrated when Stephen Piscotty delivered a walkoff grand slam in the ninth.
Former first-round draft pick James Kaprielian joins the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, replacing another rookie right-handed pitcher, Jordan Weems. Kaprielian is finally healthy after missing most of four seasons with elbow problems and Tommy John surgery, and will be making his MLB debut.
Under different circumstances, the Oakland Athletics might have seen top-ranked left-handed pitcher Jesús Luzardo in the rotation 16 months ago. No problem. He's getting his first big league start Tuesday in the Coliseum against the Rangers.