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The A’s broke their losing streak in their last game and in Game 1 of an interleague series, the hosts were the Giants, who had their winning streak stuck in their last game.
The Giants had won three in a row before losing in their final game. The club still has the best record in the Majors, but is still only up in 2.5 games at the LA Dodgers in NL West. San Francisco are in balance and had a day off yesterday and they have won 16 of their last 21 games after a day off.
The A’s beat their four-game pace in their final game and avoided a sweep in the hands of the Chicago White Sox. The team is in second place in AL West 2.5 games behind the Houston Astros and is in the second Wild Card slot only half a game up on the Boston Red Sox.
The bullpen blows it
In their last game, the Giants were at home and lost to the New York Mets, where they gave up four runs in the 11th inning in a 6-2 loss. They only had seven hits in the game and La Monte Wade Jr. and Tommy La Stella each had an RBI in the losing effort. The Giants rank ninth in the Majors in scoring races, and nine players have double digits in HR. Brandon Crawford (.300 19 HR 70 RBI) leads the club in stroke averages, HR and RBI, and he hits .363 during his last six games. Mike Yastrzemski ranks second at the club in HR and RBI, but hits only .218 and is only 3 for his last 22 without RBI. This season, San Francisco is 36-24 on the road.
Alex Wood (10-3 4.14 ERA 1.21 WHIP) takes the height of this series opener, and in his final start, he gave up two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings in a 5-2 win over the Colorado Rockies. The Giants have won his last five starts, but the lineup helped him in the two starts ahead of the last one, where he gave up nine runs in 10 innings. Woods lone start against the A’s this season came home in late June, giving up two runs in 5 1/3 innings in a 6-5 extra-inning win.
Olson’s bomb helps complete the move
The A’s ended their losing streak in four games in their last game with a 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox where Matt Olson hit a two-run HR in seventh inning.
The team had only six hits, but three of them were HR. Oakland ranks in the middle of the pack in terms of scoring runs and Olson (.279 31 HR 81 RBI) leads them in stroke averages, HR and RBI. He has two HR and five RBIs during his last seven games and MattChapman (.226 19 HR 57 RBI), who also went to the yard in the last match, has been hot as of late with four HR during his last seven matches. On the season, Oakland is 34-25 at home.
James Kaprielian (6-4 3.33 ERA 1.16 WHIP) gets nods in Game 1 of this series, and in his last start he gave up three runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings in an 8-3 win over the Texas Rangers. The As have won four of his last five starts including his last two, giving up five runs in 11 1/3 innings. This is Kaprieliansfirst season start against the Giants.
The Oakland A’s are:
- 1-4 in their last 5 overall
- 1-4 in their last 5 interleague home games vs. a left-handed starter
The San Francisco Giants are:
- 4-0 in their last 4 after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous match
- 4-0 in their last 4 interleague matches vs. a right-handed starter
- 5-1 in their last 6 against a team with a winning record
- 4-1 in their last 5 road matches