Oakland Athletics vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/20/14
Baltimore Orioles (52-43) at Oakland Athletics (60-36)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
Kevin Gausman (R) (4-2) (3.287) vs. Sonny Gray (R) (10-3) (2.793)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -160 / Baltimore Orioles +150 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN 2, CSN-CA
The Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics will play a rubber game on Sunday afternoon.
The Orioles have won six of their last nine games and are a solid 10 games above a .500 record. The Orioles pitching staff has been solid during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in seven of their last 12 games. That’s a solid improvement from an Orioles staff that has an overall ERA of 3.85, which is 17th in the majors. The Orioles offense has also been playing well, including Chris Davis who has homered twice in his last three games and Adam Jones, who had five RBI in Saturday’s win. Starting is Kevin Gausman, who is 4-2 with a 3.29 ERA and has 26 strikeouts in 38.1 innings. This is Gausman’s second career game against the Athletics.
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The Athletics have won nine of their last 13 games and are 23 games above a .500 record. The Athletics remain arguably the best team in baseball with a pitching staff that held its opponents to three or less runs in 11 of their last 17 games. Overall, the Athletics have an ERA of 3.13, which is third best in baseball. Offensively, Yoenis Cespedes has three hits and two runs in this series. Sonny Gray takes the hill, and he’s 10-3 with a 2.79 ERA and has 108 strikeouts in 125.2 innings. Gray is 0-2 with a 11.42 ERA in two career starts against the Orioles.
The Orioles are 5-1 in Gausmans last 6 starts overall and 4-1 in Gausmans last 5 starts as an underdog. The Athletics are 5-0 in Grays last 5 starts overall and 4-1 in Grays last 5 home starts.
There's no value in taking the A's ML, so I'm looking at the under. The under is 4-1 in Gausman's last 5 starts overall and 7-1 in Athletics last 8 home games vs. a right-handed starter. Both pitchers have been solid this season and the total seems a little too high.