The Oakland Athletics and Atlanta Braves open a short two-game interleague series at Truist Park. The Athletics are far away from the Coliseum in Oakland, which is a good thing given the non-existent fan support at home.
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— Oakland A's (@Athletics) June 5, 2022
Oakland is better on the road this season. That’s understandable if you’ve ever looked at what the Coliseum looks like during games. Triple-A teams are seeing better support than the Athletics.
The A’s have lost six straight games going into Tuesday night in Atlanta. They were swept by the Astros and Red Sox for their ninth loss in ten games.
Their best opportunity to end the losing streak was on Sunday. Ace Frankie Montas was on the mound, but it didn’t matter, as 42-year-old Rich Hill and the Red Sox won at even money in Oakland.
A trip out east to Atlanta for a change of scenery is probably best for the Athletics. The Athletics were at home for ten straight games. Their only win during that homestand was a 6-5 victory on May 29.
It’s only early June, but the Athletics are well out of the divisional race. They’re trailing the Astros by 16 games. This is a throwaway campaign, and probably next year as well, until the organization moves to Las Vegas.
That isn’t going to happen overnight, so the A’s will have to get accustomed to playing in front of empty seats at the Coliseum. They should see a good crowd at Truist Park this evening.
The Braves are 28-27 and second in the NL East behind the Mets. That sounds nice, but the Mets have a nearly ten-game lead in the division.
They are the team to beat, but having success in October is more about getting hot at the right time. The Braves know best after winning the World Series.
Atlanta were slow starters last season and ultimately won the World Series. They aren’t done defending their title, and playing their best baseball as of late. The Braves are going into Tuesday on a five-game winning streak.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 5, 2022
Head below for our free Athletics vs. Braves prediction on June 7, 2022.
Oakland Athletics vs. Atlanta Braves Live Betting Odds:
|Oakland A’s||+1.5 (+100)||+195||Over 8 (-120)|
|Atlanta Braves||-1.5 (-120)||-240||Under 8 (+100)|
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|Team Data||Oakland A’s||Atlanta Braves|
|Batting Average Away/Home||.220||.244|
|Runs Per 9||3.29||4.81|
|Team ERA Away/Home||3.48||4.27|
Athletics vs. Braves Prediction:
The Athletics will turn to Cole Irvin after a loss with Frankie Montas on the mound Sunday. Irvin and Montas are two pretty good pitchers. These two are pitching as well as they can, but the rest of the team is so bad that it doesn’t matter.
Irvin is having his best season in the major leagues. He had light work in his first two seasons, four appearances from 2019 to 2020, and then his first full-time assignments last year. Irvin finished with an ERA of 4.24 in 32 games.
He’s having a good time in 2022, but no one is noticing because of his ballclub. Irvin is going into Atlanta with an ERA of 2.96 and a 1.23 WHIP across eight starts.
At least it isn’t all depressing in Oakland. There are positives to find, which basically begin and end at Irvin and Montas. It didn’t help to have Montas on the mound against the Red Sox. We’ll see if it’s different with Irvin in Atlanta.
The Athletics are 30th in the majors, with a team batting average of .210. They’re also 29th in OPS and home runs this season. Even if the starter gives the Athletics a good game, the offense typically doesn’t offer support.
Oakland has struggled to score all season, so their recent struggles are expected. In their last five attempts, the Athletics are hitting just .181 with 1.8 runs per 9 innings. It isn’t like this is a bad stretch.
Oakland Athletics vs. Atlanta Braves Betting Trends:
- Record (Last 10): 1-9
- 1-5 overall in their previous six games after a day off
- 0-4 overall in previous four first game of a series
- 1-5 overall in their previous six games versus a team with a winning record
- 4-11 overall in their previous 15 games versus the NL East
- 5-17 overall in their previous 22 games after scoring 2 or fewer runs
- Record (Last 10): 7-3
- 5-0 overall in their previous five games as a betting favorite
- 8-0 overall in their previous eight games versus a left-handed starter
- 4-0 overall in their previous four games after scoring 5 or more runs
- 7-0 overall in their previous seven games versus the Athletics
- 4-0 overall in their previous four games versus the Athletics at home
The Braves have a talented arm to throw at the Athletics tonight. Kyle Wright is having a breakout season of his own. After being lightly used over the first four years of his career, Wright is in control in 2022.
Wright is figuring it all out this season, as he enters with an ERA of 2.41 and a 1.07 WHIP. He is going into this one with a 1.53 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP in his previous three starts.
Note that Wright has conceded 1 or no earned runs in three of his previous four starts. Wright is pitching the best in his career and should have the advantage over a bad Oakland offense.
The Braves have one of the better bullpens in the majors, with an ERA of 3.17 and a 1.18 WHIP. Conversely, the A’s don’t have a good bullpen to go with Irvin tonight. They have a 4.09 ERA and 1.38 WHIP.
In a game where the A’s likely lack run support again, expect the Braves to ride their pitching staff to a 5-2 win on Tuesday night at Truist Park.