Padres vs A's Picks and Predictions: Tonight Will Be a Repeat Of Last Week's Same Pitching Matchup

Sean Manaea and the A's are red-hot right now and face a Padres team tonight that is missing Fernando Tatis Jr. and starting Blake Snell. Oakland won this same pitching matchup easily last week — and we see no reason why this game won't be a repeat.

Zachary Cohen
Posted: Aug 3, 2021 10:54 AM ET Updated: Aug 3, 2021 10:54 AM ET Est Time: 4 min
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The Oakland A's will be going for their sixth win in seven games when they host the San Diego Padres at RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, California at 9:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 3.

These West Coast clubs split a two-game mini-series in San Diego last week, with Oakland's win coming with this very same pitching matchup.

The A's are sizeable MLB betting favorites for tonight's contest — can they run it back with a repeat win? Continue reading our Padres vs. Athletics MLB picks and predictions to find out. 

Padres vs A's game info

Location: RingCentral Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Time: 9:40 p.m. ET
TV: Bally Sports San Diego, NBCSCA

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Starting pitchers

Blake Snell (4-4, 5.44 ERA): Snell just got rocked by this A's team on July 28, as the lefty gave up seven earned runs in four innings of work, being done in by allowing four walks and seven hits. Control has been an issue for the former Cy Young winner, as he has issued three or more free passes in five consecutive games — and his 1.61 WHIP is the highest he’s had since his rookie season.

Sean Manaea (8-6, 3.01 ERA): Manaea completely outperformed Snell in that matchup last week, as the A's starter turned in six shutout innings and struck out nine batters in a 10-4 win. Prior to that game, Manaea pitched seven innings of one-run ball against the Mariners, striking out 13 batters in the process — he’s really in a nice groove coming into this game.


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Key injuries

Padres: Fernando Tatis Jr. SS (Out), Daniel Hudson RP (Out), Keone Kela RP (Out).
A's: Chad Pinder 2B (Out), Trevor Rosenthal RP (Out).
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Betting trend to know

The Athletics are 4-1 in their last five games. Find more MLB betting trends for Padres vs. A's.

Moneyline pick

After the way Snell pitched against the A's in his last start — and considering Oakland added Starling Marte, Yan Gomes, and Josh Harrison at the trade deadline — it’s hard to find a reason to back the Padres here.

Sure, San Diego has some enticing odds in a somewhat winnable game, but Snell just doesn’t have the confidence right now. The lefty gave up seven earned runs at home against this team last week, and he just hasn’t been able to stay out of his own way lately. Snell continues to walk a ton of batters and he now heads on the road, where he is 1-3 with an 8.02 ERA this season.

Manaea has also dominated this Padres team in his career. In three starts against San Diego, he is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA. The lefty has thrown 18 total innings across those three outings, and he has given up only three earned runs.

Also, only two teams have hit fewer home runs than the Padres against left-handed pitching this season, so that’s not exactly a good sign for “Slam Diego.” 

PREDICTION: Athletics (-160)

Over/Under pick

To be fair, Snell is not as bad as he was against the A's in his last trip to the mound — but he’s also no longer the same guy that won the AL Cy Young back in 2018. The truth lies somewhere in the middle.

With that said, look for Snell to allow more in the range of four-five earned runs in this game, giving this Under a chance to hit because of how good Manaea has been, both overall and against the Padres in his career.

It really wouldn’t be surprising at all if San Diego manages one — or zero — runs against the lefty in this game... especially with Fernando Tatis Jr. sidelined.

PREDICTION: Under 8 (+100)

Padres vs A's betting card

  • Athletics ML (-160)
  • Under 8 (+100)

Picks made on 8/3/2021 at 10:12 a.m. ET

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