MLB: Giants vs. Athletics

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Madison Bumgarner v. Trevor Cahill

The Athletics are on a roll of a different kind, looking to catch Mariners for a postseason spot.

It’s going to be an interleague affair as the Giants clash with the Athletics in a Bay Area clash.

The Giants have not had too bad of a season, but a fourth place in the NL West sounds bad, despite a 50-48 record. Before the opening game of this series, they were 5-5 in their last 10, and will be looking to find some consistency in their baseball.

Brandon Crawford has been the man for the Giants this season, going for 96 hits, 42 runs, and 10 home runs, and they’ll be looking again to him in this series, alongside Andrew McCutchen who has been putting up similar numbers.

Derek Rodriguez (4-1, 2.89 ERA) is the man who stepped up in the series opener, the rookie who is looking like a serious NL rookie of the year contender. Madison Bumgarner (3-3, 2.90 ERA) to mount the mound in game 2.

The As can smell postseason blood, it’s all over the Mariners, and they’ll make a big statement if they claim the Giants here at home. The Athletics (55-42) will believe they have every chance of taking this series, given their 8-1 record against teams from the NL West, in nine games, while their recent home form is an encouraging 6-1 in the last seven.

Jed Lowrie is the A’s answer to the Giants’ Crawford, leading the A’s hitting stats, with 103 hits, 16 homers, and 43 runs, with Marcus Semien just close by.

After sending up Edwin Jackson in the opener, the Athletics will send Trevor Cahill (1-2, 3.10 ERA) next.

The Bay will rumble as two of its children do battle, but the odds are largely in the Athletics’ favor in our opinion.