Oakland Athletics (13-7) at Baltimore Orioles (8-11)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7:05 pm (Oriole Park at Camden Yards)
Chris Bassitt (1-2) (4.43) vs. Wade LeBlanc (0-0) (5.40)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles +150 / Oakland Athletics -160 --- Over/Under: 10.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Oakland Athletics and the Baltimore Orioles meet Saturday in MLB action from Oriole Park.
This will be the second installment of a three-game set between these teams this week. In the Friday opener, the A’s posted a two-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Oakland came into this series full steam ahead, coming off a nice sweep of the Twins this week. In the Friday opener versus Baltimore, Oakland posted two runs in the second inning on the way to a 3-1 win. Starter Cole Irvin went 5.1 innings with one earned and six Ks.
For the Saturday starting pitcher job, the A’s will send out Chris Bassitt. Over his three starts and 22.1 innings of work this year, Bassitt has 20 hits, 11 earned runs, two homers allowed, 10 walks and 19 strikeouts with a 4.43 ERA.
Over on the Orioles’ side, they played a couple of games versus the Marlins this week, winning Tuesday 7-5 and falling Wednesday 3-0. In the Friday game, Baltimore notched 10 hits but plated only one run. Pedro Severino had the lone RBI on two hits, and Jorge Lopez went 4.0 innings with three earned.
For the Saturday starting pitcher, the Orioles will send out Wade LeBlanc. He went 1-0 with an 8.06 ERA last season. This will essentially be a bullpen day for Baltimore, who is in need of a spot starter.
The A’s are 4-0 in their last four in game two of a series and 11-0 in their last 11 after a win. Oakland is 5-0 in the last five road games and 13-3 in the last 16 overall.
Meanwhile, the Orioles are 138-288 in their last 426 overall and 4-9 in their last 13 on grass. Baltimore is 93-195 in their last 288 after a loss and 21-54 in their last 75 versus the AL West.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the A’s here. Bassitt had a shaky start in his season debut (6.0 innings; four earned; two homers allowed) but has been better since then. In his last 11.0 innings, Bassitt has four earned with 12 strikeouts. He’s also got a 2-0 record with a 2.18 ERA in three career starts versus the Orioles. If Bassitt can hold it together for a quality start I think the Oakland offense will take care of the rest.