9:45 pm
April 26

Athletics @ Giants

Who will WIN this matchup?

Oakland Athletics (9-8)

@ San Francisco Giants (12-5)


Starting Pitchers:

Jefferies (OAK): 1-2; 1.17 ERA

Rodon (SF) 2-0; 1.06 ERA


Current odds:

Oakland Athletics: (+217)

San Francisco Giants: (-270)


• The starting line-up for Oakland is as follows:


• The starting line-up for the Giants is as follows:


• Left-hander Carlos Rodon will see a familiar opponent with a bunch of unfamiliar faces on Tuesday night as the San Francisco Giants host the opener of a two-game interleague series with the rival Oakland Athletics. Right-hander Daulton Jefferies (1-2, 1.17 ERA), coming off his best start of the season, is scheduled to begin the series for the A’s.

• Rodon (2-0, 1.06 ERA) has been among the National League’s top starters since switching leagues as a free agent in the offseason. Through three starts, the 29-year-old has struck out 29 in 17 innings, allowing just two runs on eight hits and six walks.

• After not getting rewarded for a 12-strikeout effort in his Giants debut against the Miami Marlins, Rodon has won his past two outings, including one against a former American League rival, the Cleveland Guardians. Rodon, who spent the previous seven seasons with the Chicago White Sox, has made four career starts against the A’s, going 2-1 with a 3.91 ERA. He has faced just five current members of the Oakland team in those four games. That group, headlined by Elvis Andrus’ 1-for-12, has gone just 4-for-31 (.129) against him with six strikeouts.

• The Giants will kick off a five-game homestand riding a four-game winning streak, a run that includes a 4-2 victory at Milwaukee on Monday in what appeared might be a nuisance of a stopover on the way home from Washington.

• But true to the form that has produced 12 wins in 17 games, the Giants got great pitching from eight guys on a bullpen day. San Francisco prevailed in the end via a two-out, two-run, ninth-inning home run by rookie Luis Gonzalez, the first homer of his career.

• The game against the Brewers was squeezed into the Giants’ schedule as part of the compensation for the season-opening lockout. In the end, it added an 11th game to an 8-3 trip that also saw San Francisco face the Guardians, the New York Mets and the Nationals.

• The A’s are also coming off a low-scoring win, with Stephen Piscotty having produced the only runs in a 2-0 home victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday with a fourth-inning homer. Piscotty, one of the few impact holdovers from last year’s team, believes his new-look club will make the short trip to San Francisco with confidence.

• Like Rodon, Jefferies hasn’t had a bad start among his first three, outings in which a total of just 11 runs have been scored. The A’s lost two of them — 4-1 and 1-0 — the latter coming at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles in the right-hander’s most recent start on Wednesday.

• The only run Jefferies surrendered that day was unearned. He gave up just three hits and no walks while fanning five in six innings. Jefferies, a University of California product who knows all about the San Francisco Bay Area rivalry, has never faced the Giants.

StreakSmarter Pick
San Francisco Giants