Athletics vs. Orioles - 8/11/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baltimore Orioles (63-50) at Oakland Athletics (51-63)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 3:35 pm (O.co Coliseum)
C Tillman (14-4) (3.50) vs. Andrew Triggs (0-0) (5.35)
The Line: Oakland Athletics +155 / Baltimore Orioles -165 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Athletics look to sweep the Baltimore Orioles Thursday afternoon.
The Baltimore Orioles could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Orioles have scored three runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Baltimore Orioles offense has gone ice cold lately, and they've lost five straight games when scoring three or less runs. Manny Machado leads Baltimore with 133 hits, Adam Jones has 65 RBI and Jonathan Schoop has 17 home runs. Chris Tillman gets the ball, and he’s 14-4 with a 3.50 ERA and 122 strikeouts this season. Tillman is 3-0 with a 2.58 ERA and 34 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
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The Oakland Athletics look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Athletics have scored six runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six straight games. The Oakland Athletics offense has also gone cold recently, and they’ve lost six of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Khris Davis leads Oakland with 98 hits, Danny Valencia has 40 RBI and Marcus Semien has 23 home runs. Andrew Triggs takes the hill, and he’s 0-0 with a 5.35 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. This will be Triggs’ second career game against the Orioles.
The Orioles are 6-14 in their last 20 during game 4 of a series and 22-6 in Tillmans last 28 starts. The Athletics are 1-7 in their last 8 during game 4 of a series and 5-12 in their last 17 Thursday games. The Orioles are 17-40 in the last 57 meetings in Oakland.
It's very hard for a team to complete a four-game sweep, and Tillman has been one of the more consistent pitchers all season in the American League. I have to side with Baltimore here even if the price is a little steep in my eyes.