Baltimore Orioles at Oakland Athletics Free Preview

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The Baltimore Orioles will be taking on the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. This AL matchup will get going at 4:05 p.m. ET and fans looking to watch it can tune in to NBC Sports – California.

Baltimore Orioles at Oakland Athletics Odds

Oakland (-180) is favored over Baltimore (+170) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this day game at 9.5 runs. The odds for betting on the games total sit at +110 for the over and -130 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the odds coming in at Orioles +1.5 runs (-130) and Athletics +-1.5 runs (+110).

The Athletics are 17-16 SU and 15-17 ATS. The teams gained 1.1 units for moneyline bettors while earning 5.0 units against the spread (ATS). Oakland has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven. The Orioles have gone 8-25 SU this year and are 11-21 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 15.2 units for moneyline gamblers in the seasons early going and 11.1 units ATS. Baltimore is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the over has cashed in four of those seven.

Athletics games have had an over/under record of 17-13-2 so far in 2018. The Orioles have an over/under record of 15-16-1.

Alex Cobb will get the nod for the visiting Orioles. The right-handed Cobb is 0-3 with a 9.68 ERA and six strikeouts. He has yet to face the Athletics this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 1.50 ERA and five strikeouts across six innings).

The Athletics are putting the ball in the hands of righty Andrew Triggs (2-1, 5.20 ERA), who has 27 strikeouts and 12 walks, as well as a WHIP of 1.45. Triggs did not record a start against the Orioles in 2017.

Oakland’s pitching staff has yielded 4.6 runs per game overall this season as a unit. The teams starters have a 4.38 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.96 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 8.1 K/9.

The Oakland offense has produced 4.7 runs per contest, including 3.2 per game over its last 10 games and 3.0 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .194/.251/.365 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Athletics batters have been led by Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis. Lowrie is slashing .353/.405/.603 with eight home runs, 31 RBIs and 16 runs scored, while Davis has produced a line of .221/.304/.481 with nine homers, 28 RBIs and 15 runs.

In the other dugout, Baltimore’s pitching staff allowed 5.6 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.45 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 7.71 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.50, along with a WHIP of 1.57.

Orioles hitters have slashed .223/.293/.366 on their way to 3.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.1 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.2 per game over the teams last five outings (0-5 SU).

Baltimore’s hitters have been powered by Manny Machado and Pedro Alvarez. Machado is hitting .354/.435/.638 with nine home runs, 27 RBIs and 17 runs scored, while Alvarez (.200/.310/.467) is up to six homers, 13 RBIs and 12 runs scored.

Maintaining a slash line of .227/.264/.387 across 254 such plate appearances, Machado didn’t do as well hitting against righties on the road last season (compared to his overall season slash line of .260/.311/.473).

The Orioles have lost 10.6 units and are 7-14 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in nine of those games, compared to 12 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Athletics have lost 0.2 units and are 7-11 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 13 of those games, compared to five that went under the total.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Athletics, ATS Winner – Orioles, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The Orioles have lost six of their last seven games SU.
  • Oakland has recorded 16.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 16.2 over its last five.
  • The Orioles have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games. The Athletics have hit 13 over their last 10.