Oakland Athletics at Philadelphia Phillies 4/8/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Oakland Athletics at Philadelphia Phillies 4/8/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies (0-0) vs Oakland Athletics (0-0)

Game Info: Friday, April 8, 2022 at 3:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Aaron Nola (0-0) (0.00) vs Frankie Montas (0-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Philadelphia Phillies -170 / Oakland Athletics +150--- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Oakland Athletics face the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, April 8th, 2022 at Citizens Bank Park for a Major League Baseball matchup. 

The Oakland A’s had a yard sale this offseason as the team dealt many of its key pieces either through trade or by letting them sign elsewhere in free agency. Oakland finished in third place in the AL West standings last year with a record of 86-76, but the team still believed it needed to rebuild, which is often the case for small market teams like the A’s. Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Starling Marte, Yan Gomes, Mitch Moreland, Mark Canha, Khris Davis, Sean Manaea, and Josh Harrison (to name a few) are all departures from this Athletics roster and the team will start from scratch in the 2022 season. Frankie Montas is the projected game one starter for the A’s and he is coming off a strong 2021 campaign. Montas went 13-9 with a 3.37 ERA and 207 strikeouts. The Athletics’ lineup looks rather weak on paper and should be far worse than the 17th ranked team OPS it had last season. 

The Philadelphia Phillies finished in second place in the NL East in 2021, but that was not enough for a playoff berth as the Phils finished with an 82-80 record. Philadelphia’s lineup got a big boost in the offseason as the team signed former Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos. Castellanos hit .309 with 30 home runs and 100 RBIs last year in Cincinnati where he was also awarded an all-star selection and finished 12th in MVP voting in the NL. Philadelphia has a solid one-two punch of Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler, and it looks like Nola is the projected starter for Philly in game one of the season. Nola had a subpar season in 2021, going 9-9 with a steep ERA of 4.63 but a decent FIP of 3.37. Nola had a weak spring training in 2022 as he allowed six home runs and nine earned runs in only 14.1 innings, giving Nola a spring ERA of 5.65. 

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The Phillies are a -170 favorite here and although I think the A’s are going to have a disappointing season, I like the value we are getting with Oakland here. As mentioned before, Aaron Nola was not great in 2021 nor did he show any signs of improvement in spring training, so he is not the type of starter that I want to lay -170 with, even at home. Frankie Montas kept the A’s in games all year last year and I think he can do enough to give Oakland a shot on the road in this one. I’ll take a shot with the Athletics getting the plus money.

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Ron’s Pick Oakland A's +150

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