Baltimore Orioles vs Oakland Athletics 5-4-18




Baltimore Orioles vs Oakland Athletics 5-4-18

Baltimore Orioles (8-21) vs Oakland Athletics (14-15)

Date : 05/04/2018
Time : 10:05 pm EST
Location : Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Baltimore Orioles vs Oakland Athletics

Game 1 of a 3-game set between the visiting Baltimore Orioles and the Oakland Athletics will take place at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on Friday at 10:05 pm EST.  The Baltimore Orioles occupy the last spot within the AL East division while the Oakland Athletics occupy the 4th spot in the AL West standings.  This will be the 1st matchup of the year amongst these two teams however, in recent matchups, the Orioles have won 4 of their last 7 matchups with both teams splitting a 4-game set on 8-10-2017.

Baltimore Orioles's Latest Performance :

The Baltimore Orioles come into this matchup as losers of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2.  They are recently off a series which they won 2-games-to-1 against the slipping Detroit Tigers on Sunday 4-29.  This was only their first series win since they beat the Yankees 3-games-to-1 on 4-8.  They continue to hold down the final spot in the AL East, however, the O’s desperately need a set of wins along with ongoing focus and consistency both on offensive and defense in which to gain some ground in their respective division.  The sad part is that the Orioles have not shown this capability thus far.

For the season, the Orioles average only 3.30 runs per game (28th) with a team batting average of .224 (27th), 32 homers (10th) along with 12 stolen bases on the year (18th).  Their pitching staff possesses an ERA of 4.89 (25th) with 232 strikeouts (17th) along with 11 quality starts (14th).

Manny Machado (.361 BA, 108 AB, 39 H, 9 HR, 17 BB, 16 SO) has been the most effective offensive option for the Orioles this year.  Meanwhile Trey Mancini (.272 BA, 103 AB, 28 H, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 11 BB, 25 SO) and Adam Jones (.239 BA, 117 AB, 28 H, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 2 BB, 26 SO) have also been effective for the offensive attack.

Dylan Bundy (1-1, 36.1 IP, 37 H, 16 R, 3 HR, 10 BB, 44 SO) and Kevin Gauseman (2-2, 34.2 IP, 36 H, 16 R, 8 HR, 10 BB, 30 SO) have pitched the most innings for the Orioles this season while Andrew Cashner (1-4, 34 IP, 34 H, 20 R, 7 HR, 16 BB, 32 SO) has also been serviceable for Baltimore this season.

Oakland Athletics 's Latest Performance :

While the Oakland Athletics struggled in the early stages of the season, they have since heated up to win 9 of their last 13 games; However, they have also dropped 3 of their last 5 games.  After a series loss against the Seattle Mariners 1-2 on 4-15, the A’s swept the White Sox, beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on 4-22, along with beating the Rangers 2/1 on 4-25 before losing a 3-game series against the Houston Astros on 4/27.  They certainly look to obtain some positive momentum by matching up with an inconsistent Baltimore Orioles squad.

For the season, the Athletics are averaging 5 runs per game (7th) with a team batting average of .263 (4th), 35 homers (6th), along with 6 stolen bases (30th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.41 (19th) with 211 strikeouts (27th) along with 11 quality starts on the season (17th).

Jed Lowrie (.339 BA on 115 AB), Stephen Piscotty (.278 BA on 97 AB), Marcus Semien (.275 BA on 120 AB), and Matt Chapman (.269 BA on 104 AB) have been the offensive leaders for the Athletics this year while Matt Olson (.257 BA on 101 AB) and Khris Davis (.234 B on 111 AB) have also been critical components to the offense for Oakland.

The 2 most impressive pitchers on Oakland’s staff is Sean Manaea (4-2, 43.2 IP, 6 R, 20 H, 4 HR, 7 BB, 37 SO, 1.03 ERA) and Daniel Mengden (2-0, 32.2 IP, 21 R, 37 H, 2 HR, 4 BB, 24 SO, 4.68 ERA) as they have proven themselves to be the most consistent of the bunch.  On the other hand, Kendall Gravemen (0-5) has pitched 28.1 innings while allowing 28 runs on 41 hits, 7 homers, 11 walks, and 23 strikeouts with an ERA of 8.89.

How Baltimore Orioles & Oakland Athletics Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Baltimore Orioles are 8-20 ATS while the O/U is 13-15.  On the other hand, the Oakland athletics are 14-14 ATS while the O/U is 15-11-2.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

These teams both pose a great matchup for the other. On one hand, the Orioles look to exert more focus in obtaining timely hits against this solid, yet inconsistent (at times), Oakland squad.  On the other hand, the Oakland bats hope to wear down the wholly unimpressive staff for the Orioles in which to pick up some much-needed and momentum-building wins.  Oakland is slightly above average at home with a record of 8-6 (ML), while the Orioles are 3-10 (ML) in road games while the road over/under for the Orioles is 8-5 while for the A’s at home, 7-6-1.

Against The Spread Selection: Oakland Athletics

My reason for the pick :

Baltimore continues to lose night in and night out, mostly due to their inconsistency at the pitching position.  I feel as if there will only be a matter of time before this hot Oakland squad gets to this bunch on the mound for Baltimore, thus resulting in yet another loss.  Of course, the O’s played well against the Tigers this past weekend, however, the Oakland A’s are a different squad altogether and will perform inspired in front of their home crowd, enough to gain a victory over a consistently struggling Baltimore Orioles squad.

Betting trends for Baltimore Orioles:

  • Betting Trends for Baltimore Orioles

    • The Orioles are 1-7 in last 8 road games
    • The Orioles are 3-12 in last 15 games

Betting trends for Oakland Athletics :

  • Betting Trends for Oakland Athletics

    • The Athletics are 6-1 in last 7 home games
    • The Athletics are 9-4 in last 13 games
    • The Over is 7-4-1 in last 12 games

Falepa

A sports analyst and enthusiast, Filipa enjoys writing articles for NHL, NBA, NCAAB, and, of course, for NCAAF. In addition, he enjoys the true art of breaking down games in such as way as to locate certain trends that can impact future contests. With a willingness to research, construct, and relay information that any reader can understand, Filipa aims to provide the reader with interesting & indepth knowledge for upcoming sporting events.