The San Francisco Giants are situated in the upper tier of World Series hopefuls. The Giants are always a team to keep an eye on, and this year they have been under a resurgence of sorts after failing to make the postseason a year ago. Baseball is a funny way of rewarding a team with so much success, and then just as easy the next season they’re out of the postseason. The Red Sox and Giants are a microcosm of this notion. It almost feels like they take years off, and then think okay, it’s time to play some baseball and make noise. The Giants captured the World Series recently in 2010, 2012, and 2014.
There is almost this perception though that the Giants are playing second fiddle to the bigger boys in baseball. Newsflash people, the Giants are one of the big boys of baseball. Forget about the Yankees, this era belongs to the Giants. With a record of 49-29 (last night pending), the Giants are back in the driver seat and looking forward to the postseason. They are quietly doing their business, while everybody else whispers about the Nationals and Rangers. The Giants wouldn’t have it any other way, as they won their World Series championships by hanging in the back without too much pressure on their backs.
This is the second game of a home and home series. The Giants and Athletics are currently playing in San Fran, with the Giants holding a 4-1 lead as I write this article. They’re going to make the quick trip to Oakland for Wednesday, where they continue their rivalry at the Oakland Coliseum. With the A’s struggling in 2016, they have the chance to play spoiler and disrupt things for their rivals. The Athletics are going to have to try really hard to disrupt this team, who have also been terrific on the road with a 24-15 record. Jake Peavy takes the mound for the Giants this evening.
San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics
Jake Peavy (4-6, 5.22 ERA) vs. Sean Manaea (2-4, 6.02 ERA)
Jake Peavy hasn’t been wreaking havoc for the Giants this season, but at a cheap price, Peavy has had his moments. His ERA is significantly skewed because of a few horrendous starts. He also has many outings where he’s allowed 1 or 0 runs. It’s been all or nothing with Peavy for a greater part of 2016. There is no denying how on point he has been recently, though. Note that in his last six starts he’s allowed more than 2 runs only once. Two of those starts came on the road. His road ERA isn’t special at all with a mark of 6.25. However, a lot of those bad starts came against super offenses in less than friendly pitcher parks, including Cincinnati where he gave up 7 runs. Oakland has a nice comfy park for pitchers, just like AT&T Park in San Fran. Peavy has posted great numbers in his last three starts, producing a 1.42 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.
The A’s will counter with Sean Manaea tonight in Oakland. He hasn’t done anything good for his cause. Manaea, in his first season at the major league level, has not proven he can be a fixture in the A’s rotation for the future. You have to make the most of your starts, and Manaea has failed to live up to one of the young talented hurlers in baseball. He comes into tonight with an ERA of 6.02, including 7 runs allowed in his last two starts. What I see this evening is great value with the Giants and Peavy on a short price. It looks like the odds makers make a mistake to me in this one.
PICK: GIANTS TO WIN -113