Oakland Athletics vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Pick – August 17, 2020

    Chris Bassitt (2-0, 2.42 ERA) vs. Zac Gallen (0-0, 2.74 ERA)

The Oakland Athletics and Arizona Diamondbacks meet in the desert at Chase Field after both teams had success on Sunday. The Diamondbacks erased a 4-2 deficit in the 8th to edge past the Padres for a sweep over the weekend. A 3-run bomb with 2 outs was the difference maker for the Diamondbacks.

That was a really disappointing series for the Padres. They were playing well, but really couldn’t find any traction at Chase Field. We hope that the Fernando Tatis Jr. era isn’t a waste in San Diego. With Manny Machado and Tatis Jr. in their lineup, there isn’t any reason why the Padres shouldn’t be competing for a postseason seed.

If the Padres were smart, they’d get a deal done with Tatis Jr. to extend his contract. There would be potential suitors lining up from the bigger market teams to sign him if he becomes a free agent in the future. That will be the only way to compete in the NL West in the future. The Diamondbacks aren’t competing in the division this season either.

They’re currently stuck between trying to compete and rebuild. Spending big money on Madison Bumgarner was a bit of a head scratcher to me. They aren’t in a position to sign luxury veterans like Bumgarner. I understand signing Zack Greinke years back. The D-backs had a better roster back then including Paul Goldschmidt, but Bumgarner was coming to a team without much of a chance.

The Diamondbacks are an average team that looked above average for a weekend. I wouldn’t read too far into their sweep of the Padres. They got to the .500 mark at 11-11 thanks to those three wins over the weekend. I am high on the Athletics in the AL West, though. There just isn’t much competition for them, it’s as simple as that.

Maybe the ‘Stros get hot, but the A’s are the most complete team right now. They are good at getting the most out of guys who aren’t the biggest household names. Chris Bassitt is one of them. He’s off to a really nice start for Oakland in 2020. Former Marlin Zac Gallen counters for the Diamondbacks. Head below for our free Oakland Athletics vs. Arizona Diamondbacks pick for August 17, 2020.

Oakland Athletics vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Baseball Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Athletics OFF
  • Diamondbacks OFF
Moneyline:

  • Athletics (-115)
  • Diamondbacks (-105)
Total Points:

  • Over 9 (-110)
  • Under 9 (-110)

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Oakland Athletics vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Prediction:

Chris Bassitt doesn’t get the most attention from the public, but he quietly goes about his business and pitches well. Oakland isn’t the flashiest baseball market, so that’s going to happen with the A’s. In any event, Bassitt has been strong with an ERA of 2.42 and 0.90 WHIP through four games. He has posted an ERA below 4.00 in four out of five seasons in the major leagues. Bassitt is on pace to record his first with an ERA south of 3.00 in 2020. It’s a shortened season, but it would still count on his resume.

Bassitt has surrendered 1 or no runs in three out of four outings this season. He is coming off his worst performance of the season against the Angels on the road, though. Bassitt was touched up for 4 earned runs in 5.2 innings of work. Bassitt got caught with two deep balls and that was the difference. Despite putting less than one runner on base per inning with a 0.90 WHIP, Bassitt was punished for the two long balls. No one on the D-backs has connected for a home run against Bassitt in his career so that’s encouraging news.

Zac Gallen was a nice grab for the Diamondbacks in a deal with the Marlins. I think they might end up winning this trade. Trading for 25-year-old Gallen was the good, and the bad by the Diamondbacks was signing an aging Bumgarner. Gallen has a 2.74 ERA and 1.17 WHIP through four games. He hasn’t allowed more than 2 earned runs in a start yet. In 15 starts between the Marlins and D-backs in 2019, Gallen notched an ERA of 2.81 and 1.23 WHIP, so this is very consistent with that output. This should be a good battle with two underrated pitchers on the hill. Given their form this season, the total looks a bit too high here.

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