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|Oakland As (41-35) PK, o/u 8 at San Diego Padres (40-36), 10 p.m. Eastern
by Ultimatecapper.com Staff
The Oakland As continue their road trip through parts of the National Leagues Western Division when they face off with the San Diego Padres in the middle game of a three-game series Wednesday night at Petco Park.
San Diego won the series opener 3-0 Tuesday night.
Since winning 10 games in a row, Oakland has gone 3-4 on this current road trip. The As sit atop the AL West, 1 ½ games ahead of the second-place Texas Rangers.
San Diego is 6-4 over its last 10 games, and 2-2 on this current homestand. The Padres lead the NL West by a half-game over the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers.
Before Tuesdays game, these two teams hadnt met since the 2001 regular season.
Oakland is 20-20 on the road this season, while San Diego is just 20-21 at home.
As starter Joe Blanton (7-6, 4.67) has bounced back nicely after a rough start to this season. Blanton has allowed just 4 ER and 25 H+W in his last 22 IP. Oakland is 8-7 in Blantons starts this year, the over/under 6-9.
Blanton has never started a game vs. the Padres.
San Diego starter Clay Hensley (4-6, 4.38) has given up 11 ER and 24 H+W in his last 19 1/3 innings of work. The Padres are 6-7 in Hensleys starts this season, the o/u 3-9.
Hensley has never started a game vs. the As.
Oakland owns a .332 team OBP this season, which is tied for 16th-best in the majors, and is averaging 4.5 runs per game.
San Diego owns a .321 team OBP, 4th-worst in the majors, and is averaging 4.3 RPG.
The As bullpen has allowed 5 ER and 14 H+W in its last 17 1/3 IP.
The Padres pen has permitted 9 ER and 25 H+W in its last 14 2/3 innings of work.
The o/u is 34-39 in As games this year, 34-37 in San Diego games, and 18-19 at Petco Park.
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The Ultimatecapper Pick: We’re not going to make any predictions today as we’re fresh off of a vacation and didn’t keep up on what’s going on around the bases while gone.