Pittsburgh Pirates vs Oakland A's Predictions

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Oakland A’s
Predictions 03-07-16

The Pirates will try to complete a three game sweep of Oakland on Sunday. Oakland has dropped three in a row after a stretch during which it won six of seven.

GAME: Pittsburgh Pirates (40-41) at Oakland Athletics (35-46)
DATE/TIME: Sunday, July 03 – 4:05 PM EST
WHERE: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California
LINE: Oakland -150 TOTAL: 8.5
TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, ROOT (Pittsburgh), CSN California (Oakland)

Pirates vs Athletics Betting Trends

PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games
Pittsburgh is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games when playing Oakland
Pittsburgh is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Oakland
OAKLAND ATHLETICS
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Oakland’s last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Oakland’s last 10 games at home
Oakland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oakland’s last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
Oakland is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games when playing Pittsburgh
Oakland is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

Starting Pitchers:
Pirates LH Francisco Liriano (4-8, 5.33 ERA) vs Athletics RH Daniel Mengden (1-3, 2.81)

Liriano has lost five in a row. On Monday he gave up five runs on four hits and five walks in 4 1/3 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers. His last win was against Arizona on May 24. Mengden is coming off his first career victory, an 8-3 triumph at San Francisco in which he gave up two runs and four hits in 7 2/3 innings. Mengden has given up three runs or fewer in each of his four major-league starts.

Pirates vs Athletics Prediction

Taking the A’s to win this one and prevent the three game sweep. Francisco Liriano isn’t the same pitcher he was last year. He may still turn it around sometime this year but I haven’t seen anything from him that suggest it starts today. In Mengden, the A’s have a good looking young pitcher to help build the team around. Bet is Oakland on the money line at (-150)

Score Prediction: A’s 6 – Pirates 3