The Bay Bridge Series has been a one-sided affair lately as the Oakland Athleticstravel to AT&T Park to face the San Francisco Giants. The home tenants have won 11 straight against the Athletics – including the first two contests of this three-game set. Tim Lincecum and the Giants will look to complete the sweep when the teams meet Sunday.
Ryan Vogelsong allowed one hit over seven innings and Angel Pagan ripped a two-run single to highlight a four-run seventh in San Francisco’s 4-0 triumph Saturday. Pagan extended his hitting streak to 10 games as the Giants have won three in a row and six of their last eight. The Athletics have dropped four of their last five games.
Athletics Giants Betting
When: 4:05 PM ET, Sunday, May 20, 2012
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, CS California (Oakland), CS Bay Area (San Francisco)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics RH Bartolo Colon (3-4, 4.13 ERA) vs. Giants RH Tim Lincecum (2-3, 5.77)
Colon suffered his third straight loss after yielding four runs on a season-high 12 hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. Colon, who will turn 39 on Thursday, has split a pair of career decisions versus the Giants – although those outings were nearly a full decade ago. Although he has a 5.65 ERA, his WHIP (1.19) and batting average against (.214) are more than respectable.
Lincecum has dominated his starts versus the Athletics, posting a 5-1 career mark with a slim 1.38 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has yielded four earned runs in each of his last two starts overall – but has recorded 15 strikeouts in the process. Lincecum settled for a no-decision versus Colorado on Tuesday.
1. Seth Smith had the lone hit for the Athletics on Saturday. Smith has fared well versus Lincecum, going 8-for-28 with three homers.
2. San Francisco catcher Buster Posey has eight hits and four RBIs in his last five games. He has yet to face Colon while Pagan is 0-for-2 versus the veteran hurler.
3. Oakland’s Manny Ramirez went 0-for-4 and struck out three times in the first of 10 games with Triple A Sacramento on Saturday. He is slated to make his Athletics debut May 30, which is his 40th birthday.