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Baseball Free Picks: Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics

MLB Betting Odds

Oakland A’s at Baltimore Orioles

There’s nothing that beats a playoff race in baseball. Oakland (72-56, 33-31 road, 62-62 O/U) continues to hang on the last wild card spot thanks to an opportunistic pitching staff. Baltimore (69-59, 37-29 home, 61-59 O/U) is three games behind Oakland and hasn’t been able to put together a long winning streak to make headway.

Let’s take another look at the MLB Betting odds as Oakland spends one last day in Baltimore’s Camden Yards to take on the Orioles at 1:35pmET on Sunday.

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Last game: (8/24/13): Oakland (+106) over Baltimore, 2-1. Oakland has taken two of the last three games in this series but Baltimore has won five of the last seven

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Baseball Betting Odds

Baltimore opened as a -119 money-line favorite and moved to -125 in most sports books. The total opened at 9 and moved to 8.5 in most books.

Key Betting Trends

The Oakland Athletics are:

  • 7-1 last 8 Sunday games
  • 10-4 last 14 during game 3 of a series
  • 11-5 last 16 vs. American League East.

The Baltimore Orioles are:

  • 0-5 last 5 vs. a starters with a WHIP less than a 1.15
  • 2-5 last 7 after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game.

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Probable Pitchers

(R) Sonny Gray (1-1, 1.44 ERA) vs. (R) Scott Feldman (3-3, 4.84 ERA)

Gray has been very sharp since being called up for the second time on August 10. Opponents are hitting just .135 against him.

Feldman is 4-6 with a 7.22 ERA in 12 career starts against Oakland.

Key injuries

Oakland:

  • C Derek Norris (toe) is on the 15-day disabled list.
  • C John Jaso (concussion) is on the 15-day disabled list.
  • SP Bartolo Colon (groin) is on the 15-day disabled list.
  • SP Brett Anderson (foot) is on the 60-day disabled list.

Baltimore:

  • SP Jason Hammel (arm) is on the 15-day disabled list.

It will be a Sonny day for Oakland

The Athletics send Sonny Gray to mound as manager Bob Melvin moved up his rotation to make sure Jarrod Parker and Gray would pitch in this series. The move worked out on Saturday and Melvin hopes it works on Sunday.

Gray allowed two hits over seven innings of two-run ball last Tuesday before the bullpen collapsed in a 7-4 loss to Seattle. He retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced.

On Saturday, Chris Tillman threw a gem for the Orioles but the Baltimore bullpen let them down in the ninth inning. Coco Crisp hit a solo home run off of Darren O’Day and that was all the A’s needed to get the 2-1 win. Jarrod Parker threw eight outstanding innings to pick up his eighth straight win. The Orioles went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and their No. 3-5 hitters (Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Chris Wieters) went a combined 0-for-10. 

Feldman hasn’t pitched bad lately, but he’s struggled at home where he’s gone 1-3 with a 7.6 ERA since joining the Orioles from the Cubs on July 2.


Sunday’s MLB Free Pick: Go with Oakland over Baltimore

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