Padres at Athletics Prediction - MLB Picks 9/15/23

Oakland Athletics (46-100) vs San Diego Padres (69-78)

Game Info: Friday, September 15, 2023 at 9:40 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

Sean Newcomb (0-0) (0.75) vs Seth Lugo (6-7) (3.80)

Betting Odds: Oakland Athletics +178 / San Diego Padres -195 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The San Diego Padres will head up to the Bay to meet the Oakland Athletics  in interleague play this weekend from the Oakland Coliseum. 

Padres Preview & Projected Starter 

San Diego moved to 69-78 after taking two of three from LAD. The San Diego offense is scoring 4.31 runs per game, while batting .228, with a .317 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.76 ERA, with a 1.23 WHIP. 

Seth Lugo (6-7, 3.80 ERA, 119 Ks) is set to start for San Diego. The eighth-year righty was picked apart in Houston last week, allowing six runs in 4.1 innings to the Astros en route to his seventh loss. Lugo delivered four straight starts prior to facing the reigning World a champs, and he comes into an ideal spot to bounce back here against Oakland. 

Padres Player Trends & Props

Juan Soto has reached base in five of the last seven games, and he leads the Padres in home runs (24) and RBI (75), with 115 hits.

Manny Machado went yard in the game one win, and he’s second in the team in homers (24) and RBI (74). 

Fernando Tatis is hitless through his last four games, so he may be due soon, and he’s posting of .264/20/65. 

Xander Bogaerts has collected a hit in six of the last ten games, and he leads the Pads in hits (121), while batting .265.   

Ha-Seong Kim doubled and homered in the game one victory, and he leads SD in batting (.282), with 17 homers and 49 RBI.

 

Athletics Preview & Projected Starter 

Oakland moved to 46-100 after taking two of three from Houston. The Oakland offense is scoring 2.81 runs per game, while batting .222, with a .303 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 6.00 ERA, with a 1.62 WHIP. 

Sean Newcomb (1-0, 0.75 ERA, 15 Ks) will get the call for Oakland. The longtime Braves lefty came thru with best outing of the season in Arlington last week, tossing four scoreless frames against the Rangers. Newcomb has now allowed one run or less in each of his six appearances.

Athletics Player Trends & Facts

Brent Rooker has recorded a hit in four of the last six games,  and he leads Oakland in home runs (23) and RBI (57). 

Ryan Noda has produced a run in four of the previous six games, and he’s posting splits of .237/14/46. 

Zack Gelof has multiple hits in three straight games, and he’s batting .275 thru 46 games.

Shea Langeliers is second on the team in homers (16) and RBI (49).

Corey’s Free Pick

With the playoffs unlikely for both clubs, and the A’s unexpectedly having more to play for, testing the Pads to overpower them may not work for each matchup. Seth Lugo comes into the Bay looking to bounce back, while Sean Newcomb has been stout with Oakland thru three weeks, so there’s a chance the total could be approached. San Diego should win the ball game, but the Under deserves a look here.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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