Oakland Athletics vs. Baltimore Orioles
The Oakland A’s and the Baltimore Orioles face of on Thursday in Oakland for game one of their series. The Athletics are -121 favorites over the Orioles with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Oakland A’s are the defending AL West champs and at this point in the season they are very much in the mix. The A’s are returning home from the road and they are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 6-4 at home this season, and they are game back in the division standings. As a team the A’s are hitting .258 with Jed Lowrie hitting .366, Coco Crisp hitting .303, and Brandon Moss hitting .299. The A’s opponents are hitting .252 and the Oakland pitching staff has an ERA of 3.87. For game one of their series against the Orioles the A’s start Jarrod Parker who is still looking for his first win of the year. For the season Parker has allowed 29 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out nine over 18 innings of work for a 7.50 ERA.
The Baltimore Orioles are looking to get back to the post season but they know it is going to be a battle like always in the AL East. The Orioles are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 5-4 on the road this season, and they are two games behind the Boston Red Sox in the standings. As a team the Orioles are hitting .260 with Chirs Davis hitting .356, Adam Jones hitting .345, and Nate McClouth hitting .293. The Orioles opponents are hitting .238 and the Baltimore pitching staff has an ERA of 3.92. For game one in Oakland the Orioles start Jason Hammel who is still looking for his best stuff this season. For the year Hammel has allowed 22 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out 14 over 24.2 innings of work for a 2-1 record and a 4.74 ERA.
Oakland is 40-17 in their last 57 home games, 42-14 in their last 56 games as a favorite, and 1-5 in Parker’s last six starts. Baltimore is 5-0 in their last five games against the AL West, 15-6 in their last 21 game one of a series, and 1-5 in Hammel’s last six starts on four days rest. Baltimore is 13-38 in their last 51 games in Oakland.
Hammel hasn’t been right but Parker has been worse so getting the odds on Hammel Baltimore is where the value is here and they are the play.
Baltimore Orioles +111 Oakland Athletics