Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics Game 2- 5/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (13-16) at Baltimore Orioles (16-11)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
J Hahn (1-0) (0.00) vs. U Jimenez (1-3) (5.20)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -121 / Oakland Athletics +111 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCA, MAS2
Early Saturday evening at Oriole Park, the Oakland Athletics and the Baltimore Orioles are set to tangle again in their weekend series.
This will be game two of the set. Friday’s game one was pushed back a day due to weather, and the teams will be playing a doubleheader on Saturday. The postponement won’t affect the start time of the second game.
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The A’s will be rolling with right-hander Jesse Hahn (as originally planned) in Saturday’s second matchup. While filling in for the injured Chris Bassitt, Hahn has made one start for Oakland, logging 6.2 innings of shutout ball against the Astros last Saturday. We’ll get a good look at Hahn over the next couple of weeks, and if he continues to pitch well he’ll likely stay in the lineup even after the A’s get back to full strength in their rotation.
At the plate, Oakland boasts a few standout hitters. Jed Lowrie has had a solid campaign thus far on 31 hits with 15 RBI. Josh Reddick has played well also, logging 27 hits, 12 runs, four homers and 12 RBI. Marcus Semien has led most of the way with seven homers, but has just 12 RBI and a .209 BA to go along with them.
Moving on to the other side, the Orioles will be whipping out right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (instead of the original starter Mike Wright, who will pitch the first game) for Saturday’s game two. On the season, Jimenez owns a 5.20 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP over five starts, a 1-3 record and 27.2 total innings. Back on Sunday in his last appearance, Jimenez allowed a whopping six runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings against the White Sox.
The big-swinging Orioles have a lot of power in their batting arsenal. Manny Machado has been awesome on 38 hits, 20 runs, seven homers and 16 RBI. Mark Trumbo is also power-hungry on eight homers, 22 RBI and 34 hits. Chris Davis--as expected--has produced seven homers and 20 runs, but has struggled on a .210 BA so far.
The Athletics are 4-1 in their last five Saturday games, and 6-1 in Hahn’s last seven starts. Meanwhile, the Orioles are 8-2 in their last 10 during game two of a series, but 1-5 in their last six against the American League West.
I like Hahn as a pitcher, but with all the power hitters in the Orioles lineup I can see him allowing a couple of homers. This game feels like it could get messy (and be decided by just a run or two), so I’m most comfortable with the over here.