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Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics Free Pick 8/23/13

Oakland Athletics (71-55) at Baltimore Orioles (68-58)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 23, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)

Daniel Straily (R) (6-7) (4.221) vs. Bud Norris (R) (9-9) (3.874)

The Line: Baltimore Orioles -130 / Oakland Athletics +120 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-California, MASN

The Baltimore Orioles and the Oakland A’s face-off on Friday in game one of their pivotal series between post-season hopefuls.

The Baltimore Orioles are running out of time, but still have a shot at keeping their playoff hopes alive. They'll get another chance when they take on the Oakland A’s Friday. The Orioles are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 36-28 at home this season, and they are 5.5 games back in the AL East and three games out in the AL Wildcard race. As a team the Orioles are hitting .265 with Chris Davis hitting .306, Adam Jones hitting .301, and Manny Machado hitting .294. The Orioles pitching staff has an ERA of 4.26 with the starters at 4.57 and the bullpen at 3.67. For game one against the Athletics, the Orioles start Bud Norris, who has put together solid numbers since being traded to Baltimore. Since the traded, Norris has allowed 25 hits and 10 earned runs, while striking out 21 over 23 innings for a 3-1 record and a 3.91 ERA.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics Free Pick 8/23/13

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The Oakland A’s aren’t playing their best baseball, but they would still be in the playoffs if the regular season ended today. The A's are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 32-30 on the road this season, and they are 2.5 games back in the AL West, and have a 2.5 game lead in the AL Wildcard race for the second spot over the Cleveland Indians. As a team, the A’s are hitting .244 with Josh Donaldson hitting .295, Jed Lowrie hitting .284, and Alberto Callaspo hitting .275. The A’s pitching staff has an ERA of 3.58 with the starters at 3.83 and the bullpen at 3.07. For game one of their series at Camden Yards, the Athletics start Daniel Strally, who has lost his last five decisions. For the season, Strally has allowed 103 hits and 53 earned runs, while striking out 92 over 113 innings for a 6-7 record and a 4.22 ERA.

Baltimore is 8-3 in their last 11 games against the AL West, 28-11 in their last 39 days following an off day, and 4-0 in Norris’ last four starts. Oakland is 10-4 in their last 14 games against the AL East, 1-4 in their last five games following an off day, and 1-5 in Strally’s last six starts. Oakland is 37-18 in their last 55 games in Baltimore.

I am not expecting too much offense here and my free pick for this game is on the under. My stronger play is o the winning side and I will post the winning team in the Premium Area.

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