As rivalry week–well, unofficially–kicks off, there are few better than the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s.
Give that both teams are relevant, the rivalry becomes even more entertaining. the Giants enter Monday tied for first place in the National League West, and the A’s trail the Texas Rangers by 4.5 games for the top spot in he American League West. Further, the A’s are 8-2 over their past 10 games, and the Giants finished a 4-2 homestand with a 7-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
Monday pits a matchup between two youngsters–Madison Bumgarner and Dan Straily.
Straily’s 5.73 ERA is high, but it’s ultimately a product of a couple bad outings. His last start against the Texas Rangers, however, certainly wasn’t a bad one. The young right hander pitched seven scoreless innings, allowed just two hits and walked none against five strikeouts. It was easily his best start of the year, and it came against Yu Darvish, a perennial Cy Young candidate.
Bumgarner, meanwhile, pitched seven innings of one-run baseball against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. Despite allowing just four hits, he didn’t factor into the decision, but it was an encouraging start after he allowed seven runs in his previous outing.
- Madison Bumgarner is 2-2 with a 4.79 ERA in six interleague games
- The Giants’ offense enters Monday leading the NL in batting average (.272)
- The Giants went 4-2 against the A’s last year, and have won 10 of the last 15 meetings between them
- Bumgarner allowed four runs and 11 hits in six innings during his first career start against Oakland
- Buster Posey enters the day with a 10-game hitting streak
- The Giants are 9-13 on the road this year