The Oakland Athletics and Arizona Diamondbacks have a two-game series scheduled in the desert at Chase Field. The Athletics travel to Phoenix feeling confident after knocking off the Houston Astros in two straight. They dropped the series opener, 6-2, but responded in fine fashion with a 6-2 and 7-3 win.
Frankie Montas pitched a solid game on Sunday, as he helped lead the Athletics to a nice 4-run win. Montas went 6 innings with 1 earned run conceded. Ramon Laureano and Jed Lowrie each recorded 2 RBI for the Athletics at the dish.
The Athletics really needed those two games, as they were in danger of falling to 1-9 on the season if they were to get swept. Things can change on the diamond in a hurry. The Athletics opened the season with six straight losses. However, in their previous four outings, the A’s have been in better form with three wins, including a win against the Dodgers, 4-3.
This team is much better than their six-game losing streak indicates. I find it improbable that the Athletics are going to win the AL West again this season. They caught fire during the 60-game season and finished with a record of 36-24 to beat the Astros by 7 games.
It didn’t even end up being close in the end. However, the Angels are probably going to be more competitive if they can stay healthy, it’s a big if, and the Astros aren’t going away. The ‘Stros will receive a big boost once Justin Verlander returns to the bump.
The Diamondbacks have been up and down, but had a reason to feel good on Sunday afternoon at Chase Field. They were impressive in a 7-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Luke Weaver was outstanding across 7 innings on the bump. Weaver gave up just 1 hit and no runs in the victory for the Diamondbacks.
It was the second straight win for Arizona, as they hammered the Reds on Saturday for a 8-3 victory. Chris Bassitt, who played a big role in helping lead the Athletics to the AL West crown, is scheduled to get the nod tonight in the desert. Former San Francisco Giant, Madison Bumgarner, will counter for the Diamondbacks. Head below for our free Athletics vs. Diamondbacks pick on April 12, 2021.
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The Athletics got a big lift from Chris Bassitt on the bump last year. His contributions were incredibly important in getting the Athletics over the top and in the winner’s circle of the AL West. Bassitt finished the season with an ERA of 2.29 and 1.16 WHIP. It was a career season for Bassitt, who has been an underrated pitcher throughout his seven-year career with a 3.65 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.
Great stuff from Bassitt, but neither of his first two starts this season were encouraging. Bassitt allowed 4 hits and 3 earned runs through 5.1 innings in his season debut against the Houston Astros. He also hit a better and walked a couple to add to his frustrations. Bassitt dropped another in his next performance, as the Dodgers got to Bassitt for 9 hits and 4 earned runs through 6 innings.
The Dodgers smacked 2 home runs, and he hit a better again while walking 2 batters. His control has been far from adequate thus far this season. I don’t know if the Astros or Dodgers were seeing the ball particularly well on those days, it was more of a case of Bassitt not doing his job appropriately. If he wasn’t hitting his marks, Bassitt was giving the Astros and Dodgers layups to hit. Bassitt posted an ERA of 5.56 and 1.41 WHIP between the two games.
If Madison Bumgarner keeps allowing hitters to dunk on him, then Bassitt can have another slow outing and might pick up his first win. Bumgarner has not been able to figure it out after struggling last season. The Diamondbacks can send him down to the minors all they want if he continues along this path, but he might have to reinvent his delivery with his velocity plummeting. If he keeps doing the same, nothing is going to change. Bumgarner notched an ERA of 6.48 and 1.44 WHIP through 41.2 innings last year.
He’s gotten off to an ugly start with an ERA of 11.00 and 2.22 WHIP in 9 innings. The 31-year-old has allowed 11 earned runs and 15 innings in 9 innings. The Padres hit .368 and then the Rockies hit .366 against Bumgarner. This continues from a bad spring training for Bumgarner, as he was touched up for a 6.35 ERA with 11 hits and 8 earned runs allowed in 11.1 innings. Some might believe that Bumgarner is just going to suddenly figure it out, but it’s unlikely with his velocity dropping like a rock. I like more than 9 runs on the board in this one, with the OVER worth a look at 9 or 9.5.