The Athletics continued to set the cutting edge of MLB strategies with another very successful campaign in 2019. They resurrected their season after a slow start, going 60-29 after June 17 to eventually earn a wild card berth. Oakland hit the fifth-most home runs (257) and scored the seventh-most runs (376) after the 2019 All-Star break.
The A’s young pitching staff finished sixth in collective ERA (3.97) with a 3.89 bullpen ERA, but Oakland suffered 30 blown saves last year. This year, four of their five projected starters should be 28-years-old or younger, including rising star Frankie Montas. The 27-year-old RHP went 9-2 with a 2.63 ERA over 16 starts last year.
While they’ve made the playoffs in five of their last eight seasons, the A’s aren’t being given much of a chance to make a deep run with modest +2500 odds to win the World Series at DraftKings Sportsbook. That means a $10 bet on the A’s to win it all would pay out $260 if successful.
The A’s are tied for sixth in terms of their odds to win the AL with +1200 odds at DK. They’re listed with +275 odds to win the AL West, trailing the defending champion Astros (-167) by a wide margin.
According to DK oddsmakers, Oakland is projected to win 33.5 games during this 60-game season. The odds for the Over or Under are -112 at that site, so a $10 bet either way would pay out $18.93 if successful.
Montas is being given appealing +4000 odds to win the AL CY Young Award winner this season. Athletics 3B Matt Chapman is tied for the fifth favorite to win AL MVP with +2000 odds and teammates Marcus Semien (+4000) and Matt Olson (+5000) are also in the mix.
Of note, LHP Jesus Luzardo tested positive for COVID-19 in early July but he should be ready to rejoin the club by early August.
Oakland Athletics odds: Futures
Oakland A’s betting breakdown
2019 Record: 97-65
Key losses: LHP Brett Anderson, RHP Homer Bailey, C Josh Phegley, IF Jurickson Profar, RHP Tanner Roark, RHP Blake Treinen
Key additions: IF Ryan Goins, OF Tony Kemp
1. SS Marcus Semien (R)
2. CF Ramon Laureano (R)
3. 3B Matt Chapman (R)
4. 1B Matt Olson (L)
5. LF Mark Canha (R)
6. DH Khris Davis (R)
7. RF Robbie Grossman (S)
8. C Sean Murphy (R)
9. 2B Tony Kemp (L)
Projected rotation: RHP Mike Fiers, LHP Sean Manaea, RHP Frankie Montas, LHP A.J. Puk, LHP Jesus Luzardo, RHP Chris Bassitt
Projected closer: RHP Liam Hendriks
Bullpen strengths: Chris Bassitt could be used as a reliable multi-inning option if not used in the starting rotation. He went 10-5 in 2019 with a 3.81 ERA with 141 Ks. Liam Hendriks is the star of the pen in the closing role, coming off an All-Star 2019 season. Hendriks posted a 1.80 ERA in 75 games (85.0 IP) with 124 SOs and only 21 BBs. Yusmeiro Petit led the Majors with 80 games played and posted a 2.71 ERA with 71 SO in 2019.
Bullpen weaknesses: In 2019 the A’s led the Majors with 30 blown saves (MLB.com). Lou Trivino is coming off a subpar 2019 where he posted a 5.25 ERA with 31 BBs and 61 hits allowed in 61 games.
Key stats from 2019
- In 2019 the A’s led the Majors with 30 blown saves (MLB.com).
- Marcus Semien was one of only five players in MLB to appear in all 162 games in 2019 (MLB.com).
- DH Khris Davis only hit 23 Homers in 2019, the first time he did not hit 40 HR’s since 2015.
- Four of the five A’s projected starters will be 28 years old or younger.
- The A’s went 10-4 at home in September in 2018 (with football field) and 9-3 in September 2019.
- Oakland went 60-29 from June 17 on (after being 10.5 games out of first) best in the Majors. (Athlon)