After going ‘over’ in three of four games in one pitchers’ park in San Diego, we look for the Philadelphia Phillies to go ‘over’ another low total in another cavern when they visit the Oakland Athletics. Much like last night, the Phillies’ starter does not justify this low total as David Buchanan has not pitched as well as his 3.75 ERA. He has a weak ratio of 5.54 strikeouts vs. 2.56 walks per nine innings and has been a bit lucky yielding a .274 BABIP, leading to just a 4.39 FIP. The difference is that the Athletics are starting ace Jon Lester, but unless he tosses a Complete Game, there is always the real possibility of an Oakland bullpen with a 4.44 ERA the last 10 games letting in a few tack-on runs to kill a low total. The ‘over’ is 11-2-5 in the Athletics’ last 18 interleague games.
Pick: ‘over’ 7