The Oakland Athletics do not have to go home yet, but they will be shut in San Francisco over the next two days. The Athletics haven’t played a game at home since August 4th against the Cardinals. It has been a lengthy road trip for the Athletics, but the ending is in sight. They’ll welcome the Houston Astros for a tough four-game series in the home and another tricky series against the New York Yankees.
This can be a winnable two games for the A’s when compared with Astros and Yankees, so that they must get the most out of it against a team like the Giants. Having said this, they do not have a simple matchup tonight against Madison Bumgarner.
The Athletics go into San Francisco 1.5 games back of the postseason. Things aren’t as tight at the American League, therefore there isn’t anyone behind them now. The Red Sox dropped again , helping the Athletics some out. They’re slowly fading away, although the Wild Card Game is really a three-team race between the Twins, Rays, along with A’s. After having an Indians’ win last night, the Tribe moved into 1st of the AL Central.
Their comeback is finished, however they need to hold on now. After down by roughly ten games, the Indians have stormed back to take the lead. They were the clear favorites of the branch going the 2019 effort and they’ve been playing it. To put it differently, the failure of the AL Central has a good likelihood of going to the postseason, albeit one needing to play at the play-in match.
Brett Anderson will get the phone for the Athletics against Madison Bumgarner of the Giants tonight. Bumgarner ended up staying in San Francisco after much speculation regarding his future. The rumors were rampant and it seemed like a lock that he was going to be pitching elsewhere, but the Giants held on to him for a run in a wildcard. Head below to our free Athletics vs. Giants select.
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Despite keeping Bumgarner, the Giants understood that their odds of getting into the postseason were not a lock by some other means. The team was playing well at the deadline and put themselves in a position to create a run in the postseason, but unless the front office has been delusional, it is no guarantee that they play baseball in October. I will say that when I were a group visiting the postseason, I am trusting that the Giants don’t make it. They have loads of experience at understanding how to triumph in October.
Bumgarner isn’t a guy I would want to face in a do-or-die situation. He is coming off a dramatic performance, as he held the Phillies to just 1 hit into a 5-0 win. Bumgarner retains a 3.08 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in the house in San Francisco. He has also been dominant against the Athletics in the past, as they’re hitting only .186 against him 102 at-bats.
Unexpectedly, Anderson has gotten hammered for a .356 batting average and .406 OBP from the Giants. You will find just five hitters in their lineup that are hitting better than .300 from Anderson. Evan Longoria was warming up, hitting 5-for-7 in his past two games.
Helping the Giants out this season was their bullpen. In a year that has witnessed a lot of figures on the downswing, the Giants’ pen has been solid with a 3.70 ERA for 3rd in the significant leagues. That is one reason the Giants have won three World Series in the last decade. They have always acknowledged that a strong bullpen is essential if you want to move anyplace. Unexpectedly, the Athletics’ bullpen possess a 4.04 ERA. I am on the Giants to start up this two-game show with a win supporting their genius.

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