Oakland Athletics (87-57) at Baltimore Orioles (41-102)
|Date & Time||Tuesday September 11, 2018, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Baltimore Orioles +160 / Oakland Athletics -190 --- Over/Under: 9
The Oakland A’s and the Baltimore Orioles meet in game one of their three game set from Camden Yards in MLB action on Tuesday.
The Oakland A’s will look to stay hot after winning four straight and six of their last seven games following a 7-3 win in their series finale with Texas to give the A’s the three game sweep. Stephen Piscotty hit a solo homer while Ramon Laureano, Marcus Semien, Franklin Barreto and Nick Martini each had an RBI, with Laureano adding a double. Khris Davis and Matt Olson each added a double while Chad Pinder added a base knock of his own to round out Oakland’s offense in the win. Shawn Kelley took over for Trevor Cahill in relief, and got the win to improve to 1-0. Mike Fiers will start game one and is 11-6 with a 3.36 ERA and 122 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fiers is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 21 strikeouts against Baltimore.
The Baltimore Orioles will look to bounce back after losing four straight and eight of their last nine games after being swept by the Rays, including an 8-3 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Jace Peterson had a triple and two RBIs while Caleb Joseph went 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI to round out the scoring for the O’s in the loss. Renato Nunez went 2 for 4 with a double while Tim Beckham, John Andreoli and Jonathan Villar each added a base hit to cap off Baltimore’s offense in defeat. Joshua Rogers took the loss, falling to 1-2 this season after allowing six runs on six hits over just 1.1 innings of work. Alex Cobb will start game one and is 5-15 with a 4.97 ERA and 100 strikeouts this season. In his career, Cobb is 4-3 with a 2.25 ERA and 48 strikeouts against Oakland.
Oakland is 6-0 in Fiers’ last 6 starts and 6-1 in their last 7 games against the AL East while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400. Baltimore is 5-21 in their last 26 games against the AL West and 14-32 in their last 46 home games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Oakland is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
The plus money is tempting considering that Cobb has actually pitched better as of late, allowing two runs or less in eight of his last ten starts. However, the O’s have still lost you more money than they’ve made this season, and while Cobb has pitched better, he’s still 0-7 with an ERA over five at home this season, a place where you’re normally supposed to play better, at least a little bit. Fiers hasn’t lost since being traded to the A’s as Oakland has won each of Fiers’ 6 starts and I think they make it 7 by a couple of runs on Tuesday so I’ll side with Oakland on the run line to negate the heavy line.