The San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics have both had disappointing seasons in 2022. Both teams sit over 20 games back of the first-place teams in their respective divisions, and their playoff hopes are not looking promising to say the least.
But both teams have a chance to pick up a victory in this contest against one another, as they look to make the most of difficult seasons.
San Francisco Giants Overview
Entering Saturday night, the San Francisco Giants have lost four straight games, all of which came against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants were swept in their four-game series with their division rivals, being outscored 25-10 over the course of those contests.
Here, the Giants will look to be better both offensively and defensively in order to snap their losing streak and start working their way back toward the .500 mark.
San Francisco was not able to take advantage of an eight-game homestand over the last week or so. They went 3-5 in that stretch, splitting a four-game set with the Chicago Cubs before the aforementioned sweep at the hands of the Dodgers.
Now the Giants are back on the road, opening a five-game road trip against the Athletics on Saturday before they face the San Diego Padres during the week to come.
Fortunately for the Giants, Carlos Rodon will take the mound for the Saturday evening series opener against the A’s. Rodon has been one of the few bright spots for the Giants this season, going 9-6 with a very respectable 3.00 ERA.
Against one of the less impressive offenses in Major League Baseball, Rodon will have the upper hand in this game and will need to take full advantage of it.
Oakland Athletics Overview
The Oakland Athletics come into Saturday’s game against the Giants a whopping 25 games below .500. They are in last place in the American League West and are nearly 30 games behind the first-place Houston Astros in the standings.
But the A’s have won a couple of games in a row and will look to continue taking some positive steps forward against their bay area rivals on Saturday.
Oakland played a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels prior to this series, winning two of three games against their division rivals. The series was decided by one run overall, with the A’s and Angels splitting 3-1 games before the A’s won the rubber match by an 8-7 count.
Offensive performances like that one have been rare for the Athletics, but Oakland has a chance for a second straight offensive outburst here.
Adam Oller is on the mound for the Athletics coming into this game, which is not a good thing for the A’s. Oller has gone 1-4 so far this season and has a sky-high ERA of 7.68 in 38.2 innings of work, while he has allowed 21 walks during that small number of innings pitched.
He has to do more to keep the Giants off the scoreboard in this game than he has other opponents, or the Giants’ short winning streak could be short-lived.
Both of these teams are so wildly inconsistent, so it is hard to feel confident in either side getting a victory on Saturday. However, there may be some value in the total, as the pitching of Oller is a real concern, and the Giants should be able to get off to a fast start.