Philadelphia Phillies at Oakland Athletics Betting Preview

The Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland Athletics will mix it up on Friday to open up a three-game opening series. The Phillies are coming off a win over Arizona on Thursday to wrap up their series with three straight wins. The Phillies have won 8 out of 10 games and have moved to 35-34 on the season. Philadelphia is 16-23 when playing on the road this season. For the Athletics, they are 19-52 on the year and trail in the American League West by 25 games.

The Athletics have the worst run differential in all of Major League Baseball, at -196. Despite that, Oakland has won 7 out of their last 10 games. The Philadelphia Phillies are listed at -155 in this game over Oakland, with a total of 7.5 runs.

Philadelphia’s Bats Heating Up

As a team, the Phillies are hitting .259, and during their recent hot straight, Philadelphia has scored 24 runs in three games. Dating back to the series against Detroit, the Phillies have won 7 out of their last 9 games and scored 40 runs during those 7 wins.

Nick Castellanos is having a solid season for the Phillies. The veteran right-hander is hitting .316 and has driven in 42 runs, both leading the team. Despite the .176 batting average, Kyle Schwarber is the top home run hitter for the Phillies. Schwarber leads the way with 18 on the season.

Taijuan Walker will throw for the Philadelphia Phillies. The veteran right-hander is looking for his 7th win of the season and a 4.67 earned run average. Walker has struck out 58 batters and walked 31 on the season. The 30-year-old right-hander is coming off an outing against the Dodgers, where he went five scoreless innings.

Oakland with a Rough 2023

We talked about how poor Oakland has been, but 2023 just has been nothing but awful for the franchise. The talk is the team will leave for Las Vegas, and their going away present is the worst team in baseball. The Athletics are 28th in runs scored, 30th in batting average, 30th in team-earned run average, and 29th in opponents’ batting average.

Brent Rooker has been a bright spot for Oakland. He leads the team with a .261 batting average, 13 home runs, and 38 runs batted in.

JP Sears is scheduled to get the start for Oakland. The 27-year-old lefthander picked up his first win of the season on June 11th at Milwaukee. Sears allowed 6 hits and 2 runs over 5 innings in the win. On the season, Sears has struck out 65 batters while walking 16 over 69.1 innings. Sears sits with a 4.15 earned run average.

Phillies Win Again

The Phillies are playing good baseball right now and have a solid starting pitcher on the mound. Oakland picked up their wins for the week and appears to be heading back to the bad-news version of the team. Look for Philadelphia to win this game fairly easily. The bet to make here is the Philadelphia Phillies -155 over the Oakland Athletics on Friday.

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