MLB Betting Preview and Free Play: Oakland Athletics vs. San Diego Padres – Tuesday, August 3, 2021

by Spooky Express | August 3, 2021 |

Both the Padres (61-47) and Athletics (60-47) need impressive finishes to the season if they want to stay in the hunt for their respective division titles. San Diego finds themselves now seven games behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West.

Oakland is 4.5 games behind the Houston Astros in the AL West. Both teams still hold leads for the second Wild Card spot.

San Diego Padres Betting Preview

The Padres have lost ground to the Giants, and Dodgers losing five of their last eight games. San Diego is missing superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. who may be looking at the surgery if his wrist injury does not improve.

San Diego still has an impressive offense without Tatis. They are 7th in on-base percentage, 9th in runs, 10th in batting average, and 12th on slugging percentage. Tatis was on an MVP-type trajectory with an OPS of 1.024 and leading the team in batting average, hits, on-base percentage, and home runs.

Blake Snell (4-4, 5.44 ERA) gets the start of the Padres. Oakland absolutely teed off on Snell last week as he gave up seven runs in only four innings.

Snell has thrown 84 ⅓ innings giving up 81 hits, 55 walks, and 51 earned runs. He has a WHIP of 1.61 and has struckout 105.

San Diego hitters have struggled against Oakland starter Sean Manaea in the past. They have combined for an OPS of .573 in 86 plate appearances. Jurickson Profar is 5 for 18 with a home run off of Manaea.

Oakland Athletics Betting Preview

Oakland has won 4 of their last five after dropping four straight games. The Athletics currently have a three-game lead over the Yankees and Mariners for the final Wild Card spot.

The Athletics pitching staff has been the key to their impressive season. They rank 1st in quality starts, 7th in WHIP, 8th in ERA, and 14th in batting average against.

One of the keys to the staff has been today’s starter Manaea (8-6, 3.01 ERA). Manaea dominated the Padres last week, allowing only 1 hit over six shutout innings while striking out 9.

Manaea has thrown 122 ⅔ innings allowing 111 hits, 29 walks, and 41 earned runs. He has a WHIP of 1.14 and has struckout 137.

Matt Olson has been the best hitter for Oakland. He has an OPS of .953 and leads the team in batting average, home runs, RBIs, and hits.

Athletics hitters have struggled against Snell in the past. They have combined for an OPS of only .569 in 85 plate appearances. Matt Chapman is 2 for 7 with a homer off of Snell.

Padres vs. Athletics Betting Odds & Lines

Mybookie has the Athletics as the favorite at -160. The total is set at 8 runs.

Free Betting Pick

While Snell has traditionally had success against the Athletics, this is not the same Snell as we saw in Tampa Bay. Oakland lit him up last week, and Manaea was dominant. Look for a repeat performance as the Athletics win.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Athletics -160

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