Whenever I think of Mother’s Day and the Oakland Athletics I think of Dallas Braden’s perfect game from a few years back. While I don’t think we will see another perfect game on Sunday, hopefully, it is an exciting game for all the mothers out there. Love ya mom!
Money Line – Cleveland Indians +120, Oakland Athletics -130
Over/Under – 9 (O -110, U -110)
First Pitch – 3:07 p.m. CST Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California
Out of all the hitting stats that are tracked, the Cleveland Indians rank inside the American League top ten in only two of them. They are sixth in stolen bases and eighth in times they were caught stealing. For most of the important hitting stats, the Indians rank either last or second to last. But they still find a way to win games. Currently sitting in second place of the AL Central, the Cleveland Indians have relied heavily on their pitching to get them to that point. On the mound is 25-year-old Jefry Rodriguez. While Rodrizuez’s record is 0-2, he has been pitching much better than that. In his three starts, he has only allowed five earned runs, and only one of those came on the long ball. With Corey Kluber looking to be out of action for a while, the Indians will need Rodriguez to step up and be a guy they can count on if they want to keep winning.
Sunday’s starter, Daniel Mengden, has been having himself a nice season. A 2.77 ERA over six starts, seven appearances total, is a good number to have heading into the middle of May. Oh wait, that was all while he was pitching in AAA. Ya, another perfect game is definitely not going to happen now. But at least anyone going to this game will get to see an amazing mustache. Seriously, google this guy and look at his mustache. It is one of those mustache’s that seems like it takes a few hours in the morning waxing it to the perfect position.
All joking aside, this is Mengden’s first start this season in the Majors, but he has been up before. He made 14 starts for the A’s in 2016, and even made 22 appearances last season, 17 of those being starts. There is also no better team to make your first start of the year against than the Indians and their woeful batting. At only 26-years-old, Mengden may be able to turn into a rotational guy or bullpen arm down the road.
Analysis and Prediction
Oakland may be at the bottom of their division, but they have played well at home. I like the call-up pitcher getting the win in his first start of the year. Take the A’s on the money line at -130. Also, anytime the Indians are playing I lean towards taking the under. Throw some money on the under at -110 if you’re feeling lucky.