Game of the Day: Giants at Athletics


San Francisco Giants at Oakland Athletics
(-142, 8)

The annual Bay Bridge Series could have two installments this
year. The San Francisco Giants and host Oakland Athletics begin
their usual four-game clash Monday, with both teams harboring
realistic hopes of a trip to the World Series. The Athletics
own the best record in baseball after finishing a four-game
sweep of Toronto on Sunday and are 28-15 at home.

Oakland looks to continue its dominant pitching after allowing
a total of four runs in four games against the Blue Jays,
including a 1-0 win in 12 innings on Friday. San Francisco
hopes its recent slide – the Giants lost 18 of 23 to slip out
of first place in the National League West – has subsided after
winning its final two games in San Diego over the weekend. The
Giants will try to score some runs for Ryan Vogelsong as
they’ve been shut out in two games he has started and scored
three or fewer runs in 10 of his 17 outings.

TV: 10:05 p.m. ET, NBC Bay Area (San
Francisco), CSN California (Oakland)

LINE HISTORY: Books opened the A’s as -154
home faves with a total of 8.


INJURY REPORT: Giants – 3B Pablo Sandoval
(Elbow/Questionable), SS Ehire Adrianza (Hamstring/DL)
  Athletics – 1B Brandon Moss

WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “The Bay Bridge series
resumes tonight with the Giants visiting the A’s in Oakland.
San Francisco has surrendered  their NL West lead to the
red-hot Dodgers by going 4-10 in their L14 with three of the
wins courtesy of Tim Lincecum. The other Giant starters have
been mediocre at best except for Ryan Vogelsong who toes the
bump tonight. The Giant righty is off a pair of hard luck
losses, 3-1 to Cincinnati and 2-0 to St Louis and Wainwright.
In those games he gave up  just three earned in 13 1/3
innings work with a nice 1/15 BB/K ratio. Vogelsong has pitched
well against the A’s in limited opportunities. He’s 1-0 in
three starts and working on 13 straight scoreless against the
A’s albeit the last time he faced  them was 2012. Jesse
Chavez has been nothing special of late (0-1, 4.96) and is the
weak link on the A’s staff at thus point after the acquisition
of Samardzija and Hammel from the Cubs. Based on current form,
Vogelsong might be worth a real look at a pretty substantial
underdog price.” Covers Expert Nick Parsons

WHAT BOOKS SAY: “The battle of the Bay. The
Oakland A’s are the best team in baseball at this point in the
season, possessing one of the best pitching staffs in the
league, ranking second in all but one pitching stats category.
Today they go up against their cross bay rivals the San
Francisco Giants who are battling for first place in the NL
West. Right now we are seeing a 50-50 split on the action on
the money line and 86 percent of the action on the A’s covering
the 1.5-run line and 77 percent on the over 8 run total.”
Michael Stewart,

WAG WAR: Windy Pagan, wife of Giants OF Angel
Pagan, and Athletics minor-league
 Josh Lindblom’s wife Aurielle

PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Ryan Vogelsong
(5-5, 3.86 ERA) vs. Athletics RH Jesse Chavez (6-5, 3.23)

Vogelsong has been the picture of tough luck lately, losing his
last two times out despite posting quality starts and
impressive outings. The 36-year-old held St. Louis to two runs
over seven innings on Wednesday but was on the wrong end of a
2-0 decision. Vogelsong is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in three starts
against the Athletics, most recently facing them in 2012.

Chavez’s time in the starting rotation could be coming to a
close thanks to the acquisition of Jeff Samardzija and Jason
Hammel, as well as the 30-year-old’s declining performance of
late. He has allowed nine runs in 10 innings over his last two
starts, including a loss at Detroit on Wednesday. Chavez is 0-0
with a 7.36 ERA in four relief appearances against the Giants,
whom he last faced in 2010.



*Giants are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in Oakland.
*Athletics are 21-6 in their last 27 home games.
*Over is 10-3 in Chavezs last 13 starts overall.
*Under is 16-6-1 in the last 23 meetings in Oakland.

COVERS CONSENSUS: 53 percent of Covers users
are taking the Giants +142.


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