San Diego Padres at Oakland Athletics Predictions, Odds & Picks (September 4)
- Oakland just wants to get a win again
- Padres offense looks to bounce back after a rare off night
- Potential small market World Series preview?
Padres vs Athletics Odds
|Team||Run Spread||Total||Money Line|
|San Diego Padres||+1.5 -167||O 8 -110||+135|
|Oakland Athletics||-1.5 +140||U 8 -110||-150|
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Padres vs Athletics Predictions and Picks
The A’s don’t exactly come in hot, but they’re darn tough to beat at home. Oakland is 40-14 in its last 54 home games and 14-5 in the last 19 home games against teams above .500. That’s as consistent as it gets so we will take the Athletics money line and the Athletics with the spread.
Betting record through 9/3/20 (23-18-1)
Padres are 4-0 in last four interleague games vs. team with a winning record
Padres are 5-0 in their last five vs. a team with a winning record
Padrese aree 6-1 in their last seven interleague road games
Padres are 5-1 in their last six Friday games
Padres are 12-4 in last 16 overall
Padres are 5-2 in last seven games as an underdog
Padres are 5-21 in last 26 interleague road games vs. left-handed starter
Over is 4-0 in NPadres last four games vs. AL West
Over is 6-3 in Padres last nine overall
Over is 20-6-3 in Padres last 29 interleague games
Athletics are 4-1 in last five Friday games
Athletics are 40-14 in their last 54 home games
Athletics are 14-5 in their last 19 home games vs a team with a winning record
Athletics are 5-2 in last seven interleague games
Under is 13-5-1 in Oakland’s last 19 games vs. a team with a winning record
How to Watch Padres vs Athletics
|Padres vs Athletics Information|
|What||San Diego Padres vs Oakland Athletics|
|Where||RingCentral Coliseum, Oakland, CA|
|When||Friday, September 4, 2020, 9:40 PM EST|
|How to Watch||Fox Sports San Diego, MLB.TV|
Oakland Desperate to Get Back in the Win Column
Can Oakland respond to its first true test of the 2020 season? That’s the question people around baseball are asking after the Athletics had a very trying last eight days. First off, the A’s haven’t even taken the field in six days.
One of the members of the traveling party tested positive for Covid-19, so every game since last Saturday has been postponed, which included the finale against the Houston Astros and a three-game set against the Mariners.
Prior to that game, the A’s had lost consecutive contests to the team nipping at their heels, the Astros. And before losing that double-header, the Athletics had consecutive games postponed – one against the Rangers and one against the Astros – while protesting racial injustice.
In all, the Athletics haven’t won a game since Aug. 26, when they were 22-10 and sitting atop the American League and holders of the second-best record in baseball.
Despite not winning a game in more than a week, the Athletics still hold a two-game lead over the Astros, have the second-best winning percentage in the AL (behind the Tampa Bay Rays), and third-best in baseball.
Padres Offense Tries to Get Back on Track
Even the best teams have off nights. It’s true in every sport but sometimes it goes so long without happening, it feels like a team will never have a bad night. That’s how it felt with the Padres until they were shutout for just the second time this season, on Thursday.
San Diego had a season-low three hits in the loss against the Angels, but it seems to be likely just a blip on the radar in what’s been an otherwise incredibly successful season.
Prior to last night’s game, the Padres had scored 10 or more runs in four of their previous seven games, averaging a whopping eight runs per game during that stretch.
Since falling to 11-12 a little more than two weeks back, the Padres have been on a tear, going 12-4 over their past 16 games and while they’re still a whopping 5.5 games behind the MLB-leading Dodgers, they all but have a playoff spot secured in the weak National League.
Could We See This Rematch in October?
Honestly, stranger things have happened. Most people preseason picked the Dodgers and Yankees to square off for the Commissioners Trophy, but these are two of the best teams in baseball.
The A’s pitching staff is loaded and has a team-ERA of just 3.51, the third-best mark in the MLB. On the flip side, we just mentioned the Padres offense that ranks near the top of the big leagues in every category.
San Diego is first in total runs (222) and slugging percentage (.493), third in batting average (.266), and fourth in on-base percentage (.345).
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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.