SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS
Their championship odds are 25/1, 3.8% (#10 best). They are a good bet to win the championship (4 percent chance). They are also a good bet to win the AL at 12/1, 7.7%. Their sim chance is 8.6%. The Athletics are averaging 90.9 wins per sim which makes them a solid bet to win over 88.5 games. At +240 the Athletics are a good value to make the playoffs with a 55% chance. Their odds of winning their division are 7/2, 22.2%. They win the division in 25% of simulations. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #5 in the AL.
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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES
Their 97-65 record last season was way ahead of what was expected of them. Their expected win percentage was just 53%. They were very good against the money line (+1524). They were very good against the spread going 90-72 for (+717 profit). More of their games came in under (87) than went over (71). They are favored in their upcoming game vs the Minnesota Twins. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).
|OPPONENT||SIM%||H2H WL||H2H OU|
|3/26 MIN||57%||4-3, +161||2-5|
|3/27 MIN||54%||4-3, +161||2-5|
|3/28 MIN||54%||4-3, +161||2-5|
|3/29 MIN||45%||4-3, +161||2-5|
|3/30 HOU||46%||8-11, +35||8-11|
TEAM STATISTICAL STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
Since last season their average run differential is +0.98 which ranks #4 in the AL, which is the same as how they rank in win percentage. They are the #4 ranked team in run differential (based on all teams' road stats) and the #3 ranked team among home teams.
TEAM STATS PER GAME (League Rank):
|All 163 Games||5.2 (#5)||0.249 (#8)||0.630 (#5)|
|Road||5.4 (#4)||0.251 (#8)||0.627 (#5)|
|Home||4.9 (#6)||0.246 (#11)||0.632 (#6)|
ALLOWED TO OPPOSING TEAMS (Lower # is Better):
|All||4.2 (#4)||0.242 (#4)||0.569 (#1)|
|Road||4.5 (#4)||0.250 (#4||0.597 (#3)|
|Home||3.9 (#3)||0.235 (#4)||0.542 (#1)|
TEAM FANTASY LEADERS
The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by Marcus Semien who is projected to be the #5 shortstop. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.
|PLAYER||OWN%||RANK||BETTER OPTION||BETTER THAN|
|Marcus Semien||97||5||Gleyber Torres||Trevor Story|
|Matt Chapman||99||10||Yoan Moncada||Eduardo Escobar|
|Matt Olson||92||15||Edwin Encarnacion||Miguel Andujar|
|Mark Canha||67||43||Oscar Mercado||Randal Grichuk|
|Khris Davis||81||21||Daniel Murphy||Michael Chavis|
|Ramon Laureano||64||54||Gregory Polanco||Adam Eaton|
|Stephen Piscotty||33||78||Alex Verdugo||Jackie Bradley|
|Liam Hendriks||88||2||Kenley Jansen||Roberto Osuna|
|Franklin Barreto||3||30||Mauricio Dubon||Jason Kipnis|
|Josh Phegley||23||10||Yadier Molina||Wilson Ramos|