Atlanta Braves (28-20) at Baltimore Orioles (21-26)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 7:35 pm (Oriole Park at Camden Yards)
Cole Hamels (0-0) (0.00) vs. Keegan Akin (0-1) (4.61)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles +161 / Atlanta Braves -175 --- Over/Under: 10 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Atlanta Braves and the Baltimore Orioles meet Wednesday in MLB action from Oriole Park.
This will be the final matchup in a three-game series between these teams this week. The Orioles rolled to a huge 14-1 victory in the opener on Monday. In the Tuesday game, we had a pretty close game until the ninth inning, when the Braves turned a 2-0 lead into a 5-0 lead. Atlanta ended up powering out a 5-1 win to even it up. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Braves out-hit the Orioles 13-4 in a dominant showing on Tuesday. Freddie Freeman led the team on three hits with two RBI and a run. Starting pitcher Huascar Ynoa went 4.0 innings with two hits and five strikeouts, and Darren O'Day poached the win with a clean fifth inning; it was his fourth victory of the year.
For the Wednesday starting pitcher role, the Braves will send out Cole Hamels in his 2020 debut. Hamels was 7-7 in 27 starts last year with a 3.81 ERA and 143 Ks in 141.2 innings. In his career, Hamels is 163-121 with a 3.42 ERA and 2558 Ks in 2694.2 innings total.
Over on the Orioles’ side, starting pitcher Thomas Eschelman posted 3.1 innings with two earned and six hits in his first loss of the season Tuesday. Jose Iglesias led the offense with two hits and one RBI in a pretty disappointing effort at the plate overall for Baltimore.
In the Wednesday finale starting pitcher slot, the Orioles are going with Keegan Akin. In five games (three starts) during his rookie MLB season, Akin is 0-1 with a 4.61 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 13.2 frames of work.
The Braves are 4-0 in their last four Wednesday games and 16-5 in their last 21 interleague games as a favorite. Atlanta is 6-2 in their last eight games versus a left-handed starter and the over is 4-1 in their last five during game three of a series.
Meanwhile, the Orioles are 54-110 in their last 164 home games and 35-74 in their last 109 during game three of a series. Baltimore is 107-231 in their last 338 games as an underdog and 16-44 in their last 60 Wednesday games.
Pick: I’m going Orioles here. Hamels missed Spring Training with inflammation in his left shoulder, then missed much of Summer Camp with a triceps issue. He’ll be out there for three or four innings and it will be interesting to see what he can do. After that, Baltimore will have a shot at the Atlanta pen, so the O’s should have some opportunities. If Akin can minimize the damage and produce some solid innings this is a good spot for another Orioles win.