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The Baltimore Orioles will be taking on the Oakland Athletics in a Wednesday showdown. The game gets underway 3:37 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – California is in line to broadcast this AL showdown.

Baltimore Orioles at Oakland Athletics Odds

Oakland (-265) is the huge favorite against Baltimore (+235) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this game at 9.5 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total now stand at +100 for the over and -120 for the under. The game’s most recent runline odds stand at +105 for taking the Orioles +1.5 runs and -125 for the Athletics -1.5.

The Athletics are 38-36 straight up (SU) and 34-39 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 3.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 6.2 units ATS. On the other hand, the Orioles have gone 21-52 SU this year and are 30-42 ATS. Overall, the club has lost 16.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 16.4 units ATS.

Neither squad has positioned itself as an obvious over/under play this year. Oakland games have an over/under record of 35-35-3 thus far in 2019. Baltimore has an over/under record of 34-34-4.

Jimmy Yacabonis is getting the start for the visiting Orioles. The right-handed Yacabonis is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA and 12 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with five strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Oakland this year.

The Athletics are handing the ball to righty Chris Bassitt (3-3, 3.68 ERA), who has 57 strikeouts and 24 walks, along with a 1.19 WHIP. Bassitt hasn’t faced the Orioles yet this year and did not record a start against them in 2018.

As a unit, Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.5 runs per game overall this season. The team’s starters have a 4.08 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 7.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.34 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 8.8 K/9.

The Oakland offense has produced 5.0 runs per contest, including 5.7 per game over its last 10 games and 7.0 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .276/.347/.534 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Marcus Semien and third baseman Matt Chapman have led the charge for the Athletics’ offense this year. Semien is slashing .280/.365/.447 with 10 home runs, 37 RBIs and 50 runs scored, and Chapman’s line is .257/.342/.504 with 16 homers, 37 RBIs and 46 runs scored.

For the visitors, Baltimore’s pitching staff allowed 6.2 runs per game and its starters own a 5.42 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 6.97 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 6.22, along with a WHIP of 1.43 and a K/9 of 8.72.

Orioles hitters have slashed .237/.298/.396 on their way to 3.9 runs scored per game this year, including 3.1 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 2.8 per game over the team’s last five contests (0-5 SU).

Outfielder Trey Mancini and second baseman Jonathan Villar have led Baltimore’s offense. Mancini is slashing .304/.359/.558 with 16 home runs, 35 RBIs and 50 runs scored, while Villar is slashing .246/.306/.400 with eight homers, 28 RBIs, 40 runs and 14 stolen bases.

The Orioles have lost 10.1 units and are 20-24 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 21 of those games, compared to 21 that’ve gone under against righties.

Orioles at Athletics Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in just two of Oakland’s last seven games.
  • The Orioles have an OPS of .695 this season and an OPS of .689 against right-handed pitchers. The Athletics’ OPS stands at .757 overall and .733 against righties.
  • The Orioles have dropped eight of their last nine games SU.
  • Baltimore has posted 18.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 17.2 over its last five.
  • The Orioles have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games. The Athletics have hit 16 over their last 10.