The A’s lowered their magic number to seven to clinch the American League West with a 9-0 win at Seattle on Monday in the second game of a doubleheader. Jake Lamb, signed to help fill the void created by the loss of third baseman Matt Chapman to hip surgery, had a double and a home run in his Oakland debut.
Bad news continued to follow the A’s, with right fielder Stephen Piscotty spraining his right knee in the opener of the doubleheader. He will undergo further tests Tuesday in Colorado and is unlikely to play in the series.
The A’s have lost three straight in Colorado and five straight to the Rockies overall dating back to 2018. Surprisingly, poor hitting has been the problem. Oakland has totaled just eight runs in those five losses.
The Rockies had Monday off, their final breather leading into 14 games in the final 13 days of the regular season. They begin the stretch in fifth place in the National League wild-card race, but just 1 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot.
Colorado began a critical nine-game homestand with two losses in three meetings with the weakest of the three teams it will face, the Los Angeles Angels. Now it’s two against the American League West leader, then four against the NL West front-runner, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Rockies hold an 18-15 lead in the all-time series against the A’s, a lead they padded with 8-3 and 5-1 wins at Oakland in July. Sam Hilliard was a force in the sweep, going 3-for-7 with a single, a double and a home run.
Athletics at Rockies Betting Pick for September 15, 2020
Just when everything looked good for the A’s after winning four of five from the Houston Astros, Oakland has seen its form dip. The A’s find themselves distracted by key injuries, something that has shown up as they have gone just 3-3 in their past six games against Texas and Seattle. And now a trip to Colorado, which is never fun. Coming off an awkwardly placed makeup doubleheader in Seattle, the A’s could use a night off.
Athletics at Rockies: Athletics (-170), Rockies (-145)
Athletics at Rockies Betting Pick: Rockies 10, Athletics 4
Athletics at Rockies Best Bet for September 15, 2020
A’s left-hander Sean Manaea (4-2, 4.46 ERA) has pitched just once in his career at Coors Field, two years ago, and it did not go well — nine hits and three runs allowed in five innings. Meanwhile, Rockies righty Antonio Senzatela (3-2, 3.69 ERA) has already beaten Oakland once this season on the road and has pitched brilliantly in two of his three home starts. Even so, his career ERA in Denver is 5.22.
Athletics at Rockies Best Bet: OVER 12 total runs (-103).
–Field Level Media