These two teams head into Oakland looking to escape the cellars of their divisions. The Reds and A’s have not gotten off to the best of starts, and that is putting it lightly. If either of them wants to rebound and have a good May, then it starts with this series here.
Money Line – Cincinnati Reds +120, Oakland Athletics -130
Run Line – Cincinnati Reds +1.5 (-180), Oakland Athletics -1.5 (+162)
Over/Under – 8.5 (O +105, U -125)
First Pitch – 9:07 p.m. Central Time. Oakland – Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California
After a poor start to the season, the Reds have been making moves. They recently released Outfielder Matt Kemp. Kemp has been out of action since April 23, but even before that, he was not playing well. He had only one homerun and was batting .200. They have also recently called up their biggest prospect, Nick Senzel. The former second overall pick has been playing well since his call-up. He hit two homeruns in Monday’s game against the Giants and helped them win 12-4. Hopefully, this is the start of a great career for Senzel.
Surprisingly, the Reds starting pitching has been solid so far this year. That usually is not the case for a team last in their division. They do have their statistically worse starter on the mound for Tuesday’s game. Tyler Mahle is still looking for his first win on the season, but he has a respectable 4.09 ERA on the year. Poor Mahle has gotten zero help from his offense. The Reds have failed to score over three runs in any of Mahle’s starts this season. His last start was the worst as Mahle pitched five innings over one-run baseball and even struck out seven batters. The problem was that the Reds failed to score a run in that game. If the Reds can get the bats going, then Mahle should pick up a win soon.
While the rest of Oakland is watching the Warriors make a run for another NBA championship before ditching town, the A’s are losing baseball games. They return home on Tuesday after an eight-game road trip that saw them win just one game. That road trip included two straight sweeps at the hands of the Blue Jays and Red Sox.
It is not looking good for them to turn around on Tuesday. Mike Fiers gets the start and he has been the worst starter on the staff. After getting traded to the Athletics last year from the Tigers, and then resigning in the offseason, Fiers has been having the worst season of his career. He has a 6.81 ERA and a -0.4 WAR this year. It seems that age is finally catching up to Fiers.
Analysis and Prediction
This game is a steal. Take the Reds on the money line at +120. Yes, the Reds can’t hit, but Oakland is not that good at hitting either. Mahle is the better starter than Fiers and should get his first win on the season.