Oakland Athletics vs. Baltimore Orioles - 8/11/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baltimore Orioles (56-58) at Oakland Athletics (50-64)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 11, 2017 at 10:05 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)
U Jimenez (5-7) (6.31) vs. Paul Blackburn (3-1) (2.60)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -121 / Baltimore Orioles +111 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MAS2, NSCA
Out at O.co Coliseum on Friday, the Baltimore Orioles and the Oakland A’s will be picking up their weekend MLB series once again.
In the Thursday opener, the Orioles scored twice in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings on the way to a 7-2 victory.
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For Friday’s game, the Orioles will be going with RHP Ubaldo Jimenez. In his 111.1 innings and 5-7 record this year, Jimenez has a 6.31 ERA with 100 Ks and 51 BBs.
Baltimore has some solid bats this year. Johnathan Schoop led the way coming into this series with 128 hits, 70 runs, 25 homers and 82 RBI, while Adam Jones had 118 hits, 62 runs, 20 homers and 54 RBI. On Thursday, Schoop posted a run; Jones logged a homer with three RBI.
Over on the Athletics’ side, they’re going with RHP Paul Blackburn on Friday. In his 45.0 innings and 3-1 record this year, Blackburn has a 2.60 ERA with 17 Ks and 11 BBs.
Oakland has a few notable hitters as well. Jed Lowrie entered play in this series with 110 hits, 59 runs, 10 homers and 37 RBI, while Ryon Healy had 106 hits, 47 runs, 21 homers and 63 RBI. On Thursday, Healy came up empty but Lowrie posted two hits and two RBI.
The Orioles are 3-9 in their last 12 during game two of a series and 1-10 in their last 11 Friday games. Baltimore is also 2-5 in Jimenez’s last seven road starts and 2-6 in Jimenez’s last eight starts with four days’ rest.
Meanwhile the A’s are 21-44 in their last 65 Friday games and 2-5 in their last seven during game two of a series. Oakland is 4-1 in Blackburn’s last five starts on grass, and the under is 3-1-1 in the A’s last five during game two of a series.
After a run of two starts with 12 earned in 9.0 innings (against two good offenses), Jimenez has given up just four earned over his last three starts in 18.2 innings. As for Blackburn, he’s given up zero earned in two of his last three starts—but five in 6.1 innings in the other one. I like Blackburn to continue pitching well here and put the A’s in position for a win.