3:37 pm
June 9

Diamondbacks @ Athletics

Who will WIN this matchup?

Arizona Diamondbacks (20-42)

@ Oakland Athletics (36-26)


Starting Pitchers:

Peacock (ARI): 2-2; 4.68 ERA

Manaea (OAK) 4-2; 3.36 ERA


Current odds:

Arizona Diamondbacks: (+200)

Oakland Athletics: (-220)


• The host Oakland Athletics will seek a season-series sweep against the Arizona Diamondbacks when the interleague foes meet for a fourth and final time in 2021 on Wednesday afternoon. The A’s continued the Diamondbacks’ road miseries with a 5-2 victory in the series opener Tuesday night, Oakland’s third win in as many games against Arizona this season. The American League West leaders posted 7-5 and 9-5 wins at Arizona in April. The Diamondbacks have dropped their past six games overall.

• The A’s recorded a rare win without the aid of an extra-base hit on Tuesday, playing station-to-station baseball to score all their runs in the fourth inning on four singles, four walks and an infield out. The game featured just 11 hits, with Christian Walker’s second-inning home run being the only non-single.

• Oakland left-hander Sean Manaea (4-2, 3.36 ERA) will attempt to silence the Arizona bats in the series-ending matinee, but he has had trouble doing so in the past. He is 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA in two career starts against the Diamondbacks.

• Ketel Marte (4-for-10 with two doubles), Josh Reddick (4-for-10), Eduardo Escobar (3-for-4 with a homer) and Asdrubal Cabrera (2-for-3 with a double) all have good career numbers against Manaea, who has been in good form of late. Manaea, 29, is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in his past four starts, a stretch capped by a four-hit shutout in 6-0 win at Seattle on June 2. The shutout was his second of the season.

• The NL West last-place Diamondbacks, having lost a franchise-record 18 in a row on the road, will take the field engulfed in trade rumors. David Peralta had a walk and a single Tuesday night after hearing his name mentioned before the game.

• The Diamondbacks are scheduled to start rookie right-hander Matt Peacock (2-2, 4.68 ERA). He has faced just one A’s batter in his career — Stephen Piscotty in an April 12 home loss to Oakland — and struck him out. The 27-year-old started the year in the bullpen but has been called upon to start his past four games. Peacock is 1-2 with a 3.68 ERA as a starter.

• Chad Pinder was Oakland’s offensive star in the Tuesday win despite not having started the game. He entered as a pinch hitter in the fourth when the Diamondbacks replaced right-hander Jon Duplantier with lefty Alex Young. Pinder greeted the reliever with an RBI single that gave the A’s a 2-1 lead. Pinder stayed in the game and went on to record two more hits, becoming the sixth major-leaguer to collect at least three hits in a game this season while coming off the bench.

• The A’s haven’t lost a home game to the Diamondbacks since May 2018.

StreakSmarter Pick
Oakland Athletics