Oakland Athletics vs. Baltimore Orioles Betting Preview

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The Oakland Athletics will head east to Oriole Park to play the Baltimore Orioles. NBC Sports – California will televise this AL showdown. The first pitch will be at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Oakland Athletics vs. Baltimore Orioles Odds

Oddsmakers have listed Oakland (-135) as the favorite over Baltimore (+125). The total stands at nine runs and bettors can wager on the over for -115 or the under for -105. You can also bet on the game’s spread with the current runline odds coming in at Athletics -1.5 runs (+110) and Orioles +1.5 runs (-130).

The Orioles are 4-5 straight up (SU) and 4-4 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 4.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 0.1 units ATS. The Athletics are 6-7 SU and have gone 6-6 ATS. In total, the club has accumulated 0.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline in this young season, but have lost 0.9 units ATS. Oakland’s covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has cashed in five of those seven.

Orioles games have an over/under record of 5-3 so far in 2019. Athletics games have gone under eight times, gone over four times and pushed on zero instances.

The right-handed Marco Estrada (0-0, 2.76 ERA) will get the ball for the visiting Athletics. Estrada started 28 games last year while finishing the season 7-14 overall with a 5.64 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. He made four starts against the Orioles in 2018 and put together a 2-2 record against them with a 4.22 ERA and 23 strikeouts.

The Orioles are putting the ball in the hands of righty Andrew Cashner (1-1, 5.40 ERA), who started 28 games last year while finishing the season 4-15 overall with a 5.29 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. He recorded two starts against Oakland a year ago and put up a 0-1 record with a 14.85 ERA and six strikeouts.

As a unit, Baltimore’s pitchers have allowed 6.1 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have an ERA of 4.23, a WHIP of 1.38 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.0. The bullpen has a 7.97 ERA, 1.97 WHIP and 7.3 K/9.

The Baltimore hitters are putting up 4.0 runs per contest, including 3.2 per game over their last five. The team has hit .231/.297/.343 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

The Orioles’ offense has been led by second baseman Jonathan Villar and outfielder Trey Mancini. Villar is hitting .333/.350/.590 with 13 hits, four RBIs and seven runs scored, and Mancini’s line is .333/.359/.722 with 12 hits, nine RBIs and nine runs.

In the other dugout, Oakland’s pitching staff allowed 3.8 runs per game and its starters own a 3.66 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 5.83 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.68, along with a WHIP of 1.24.

The Athletics offense has slashed .232/.307/.398 on its way to 3.9 runs scored per game in 2019, including 3.6 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (1-4 SU).

Oakland’s offense has been led by shortstop Marcus Semien and right fielder Stephen Piscotty. Semien is hitting .298/.389/.426 with 14 hits, three RBIs and seven runs scored, while Piscotty (.265/.368/.449) is up to 13 hits, two homers, nine RBIs and four runs scored.

The Athletics have lost 1.1 units and are 3-2 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in one of those games, as opposed to four that’ve hit the under against righty starters. On the other hand, the Orioles have netted 1.4 units and are 2-2 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in two of those games, compared to two that’ve gone under.

Athletics vs. Orioles MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The Athletics went 5-1 SU against the Orioles last season.
  • The Athletics have lost four of their last five games SU.
  • The Athletics’ bullpen posted an ERA of 1.63 against the Orioles last year.
  • The Athletics have a team OPS of .705 this season and an OPS of .662 against right-handed pitchers. The Orioles’ OPS sits at .653 overall and their lefty-righty split is nearly identical.