August 7, 2018
There is one pick tonight.
Take Oakland Athletics (+101) on the ML against LA Dodgers risking 3% to win 3.03%.
(Manaea and Hill must start for wager to have action)
This is an incredibly important series for both teams. The Oakland A's have been the hottest team in the league as of late and are currently breathing down the neck of the Houston Astros for the lead in the AL West. They come into this matchup riding an impressive 6-game win streak and have been seeing the ball extremely well, having outscored their last 2 opponents 33-7, while sweeping both series.
Tonight, they will send their Ace, Sean Manaea to the mound. Manaea has allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of his last 11 starts. The 26-year-old is holding opponents to a .220 batting average and is fifth in the AL with a 1.01 WHIP. He also holds a no-hitter against the #1 team and highest scoring offense in the league, the Boston Red Sox. This is also a revenge game for Manaea who lost a close one to the Dodgers back on April 10th, when he surrendered single homeruns to both Chris Taylor and Corey Seager. A lot has changed in the last few months and we expect Manaea to get his revenge tonight.
Rich Hill will take the mound for the dodgers tonight and while he has been having a fair amount of success himself, we believe he will be at a disadvantage tonight. The A's have absolutely crushed left-handed pitchers this season and have amassed an impressive 153 RBIs against southpaws. Hill has also been a notoriously slow starter and opponents have done the most damage to him early in games as evidenced by his .804 to 1.106 OPS from innings 3 to 5 this season.
With Oakland having the luxury of playing this game at home, we have to give them the slight advantage tonight as they take Game 1 of this important series and come away with a nice underdog vicotry.
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