Baltimore Orioles (22-52) at Atlanta Braves (43-31)
|Date & Time||Sunday June 24, 2018, 1:35 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Atlanta Braves -175 / Baltimore Orioles +165 --- Over/Under: 9
The Baltimore Orioles and the Atlanta Braves meet in the finale of their three game interleague set in MLB action from SunTrust Park on Sunday.
The Baltimore Orioles will be looking to complete the sweep after winning the first two games of the set, including a 7-5 win on Saturday. Mark Trumbo led the O’s by going 1 for 3 with a 1st inning grand slam, while Chris Davis went 1 for 4 with a three run double to make up all of Baltimore’s scoring in the win. Manny Machado added a triple and Adam Jones went 2 for 4 with a double, while Colby Rasmus and starting pitcher Dylan Bundy each contributed a base hit as well in the winning effort. Bundy got the win on the mound as well to improve to 6-7 this season after giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out eight over 6.1 innings of work. Zach Britton closed out the 9th for his 1st save of the season. David Hess will start game three and is 2-3 with a 4.82 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. This will be Hess’ first career start against Atlanta.
The Atlanta Braves will look to avoid the sweep after dropping the first two games of the set, including their loss on Saturday. Nick Markakis led the Braves with three RBIs, going 2 for 4 with a double while Ozzie Albies went 4 for 5 with an RBI of his own. Kurt Suzuki went 2 for 5 with a double while Ender Inciarte matched that mark at the plate while Ryan Flaherty and Charlie Culberson each contributed a base hit as well. Julio Teheran took the loss, falling to 5-5 this season after giving up all seven runs on six hits while striking out six over 4.2 innings of work. Brandon McCarthy will start the finale and is 5-3 with a 4.89 ERA and 60 strikeouts this season. In his career, McCarthy is 2-2 with a 4.28 ERA and 34 strikeouts against Baltimore.
Baltimore is 0-4 in Hess’ last 4 starts and 13-42 in their last 55 road games while the under is 11-3 in their last 14 interleague games. Atlanta is 0-4 in McCarthy’s last 4 starts and 6-22 in their last 28 interleague home games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the AL East. Baltimore is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Atlanta.
The plus money is tempting considering that Baltimore has looked really good in the first two games of this series. However, I can’t bring myself to back the Orioles after everything we’ve seen this season. On the other hand, McCarthy isn’t a pitcher I’m trying to get behind as he’s burned me more times than I’d care to admit this season. Instead, I’m going to side with the over. Hess has given up five runs in back-to-back starts and McCarthy has his tendencies to give up big innings from time-to-time, and given that the first two games have gone well over the total, I like it to hit once again on Sunday.