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Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics - 5/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (13-16) at Baltimore Orioles (16-11)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 12:05 pm (Camden Yards)

R HIll (3-3) (0.00) vs. M Wright (1-2) (5.18)

The Line: Baltimore Orioles -130 / Oakland Athletics +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSCA, MASN

Saturday afternoon in MLB action, we’ve got game one of a weekend series between the Oakland Athletics and the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park. This matchup was originally scheduled for Friday evening, but was pushed back to game one of a Saturday doubleheader due to weather. 

The A’s are coming off an early-week series against the Mariners. Oakland lost all three games in that set by a combined 21-13, and the Athletics have now lost six of their last eight games.
As for the Orioles, they just finished up with the Yankees this week. Baltimore won the opener 4-1, then was blown out 7-0 on Wednesday. In Thursday’s finale, the Orioles won 1-0 with a walk-off RBI, but it took 10 innings to get there.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics - 5/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For Saturday’s opener, the A’s will be bringing out left-hander Rich Hill for the start, as originally planned. It’s been a pretty solid 2016 for Hill so far, as he’s carrying a 2.53 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP across six starts, a 3-3 record and 32 total innings. Hill was stellar in his last outing on Tuesday, logging seven shutout innings and striking out eight Tigers in a victory.

The Oakland batting order isn’t the most potent in the league, but does feature a few standouts. Jed Lowrie is hitting well with 15 RBI, nine runs and 31 hits. Khris Davis has shown his power with six homers and 14 RBI. Marcus Semien is also a big swinger on seven homers and 12 RBI. Davis (.233) and Semien (.209) haven’t had too much luck BA-wise, however.

On the mound for the Orioles in Friday’s game, we’ve got a bit of a shakeup in the Baltimore rotation, as Mike Wright will be getting the start. Wright carries a 5.18 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over four starts, a 1-2 record and 24.1 total innings pitched. Wright was pretty good last Friday against the White Sox, allowing five hits in six innings for a no-decision. 

The stacked Baltimore lineup has a lot of people talking this year. Manny Machado has been masterful at the plate with 38 hits, 20 runs, seven homers and 16 RBI. Mark Trumbo is also Mr. Consistency with 34 hits, eight homers and 22 RBI. Chris Davis is still swinging a heavy bat this year on seven homers and 17 RBI. All of that said, Machado, Trumbo and Davis combined for a miserable 0-for-11 line on Thursday.

The Athletics are 6-1 in their last seven Friday games, but just 2-8 in their last 10 games following an off-day. As for the Orioles, they’re 44-17 in their last 61 games against a team with a losing record but 1-5 in their last six against the American League West.

I like Hill as a starter here, but I don’t think he’ll be able to corral that powerful Baltimore offense. I’ll take the Orioles for the win, but it may end up being a close and relatively high-scoring affair. I'll stick with the over. 

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Over 8.5

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