The seventh stop on Cactus League trail in Arizona is a stop in downtown Scottsdale to view San Francisco and visiting cross the bay rival Oakland and dive into baseball futures.
Because it is an even numbered year, the Giants are going to get a lot of attention, seeing they have won the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014. With added reinforcements to go along with a still strong core of players, the MLB odds still have San Francisco as a strong contender.
Oakland Odds – AL West 5th (+2000) - Win Total O/U 76.5
There will be familiar names in the A’s lineup, but the future is not now with this franchise. Nonetheless, you still have to play with what you have and manager Bob Melvin hopes all the bad apples have been removed which destroyed the clubhouse last year and this team shows its typical heart.
Melvin’s club should be better defensively, especially in the infield, with Jed Lowrie back at second base and Yonder Alonso coming over from San Diego at first.
Offensively, Oakland has a collection of streak hitters, led by Josh Reddick, Danny Valencia and Marcus Semein. Runs will probably come in bursts followed by droughts with this club.
With all the injuries to their pitching a year ago, until you get into the season, hard to say where the A’s are. The bullpen has gone thru an extreme makeover, we will see how that plays out.
Without knowledge of the pitching staff, hard to like Oakland to go Over the total.
San Francisco Odds – NL West 1st (+125) – NL 3rd (+550) – World Series 2nd (+1000) – Win Total O/U 88.5
In looking at the betting odds on the Giants, they really do not correlate with numbers saying they are more likely to win the World Series than the National League. Clearly the presumption is if they get there, they will be hard to beat.
Though San Fran paid quite a bit for Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto, not everyone is sold on their success. Samardzija basically pitched well for a year and half for the Cubs on bad teams and has been completely ineffective with both Oakland and the White Sox since. Maybe Cueto being back in the National League will help him because he did not offer much for Kansas City.