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Oakland Athletics vs. Baltimore Orioles - 5/4/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Baltimore Orioles (8-23) at Oakland Athletics (15-16)
Date & Time Friday May 4, 2018, 10:05 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Oakland Athletics -147 / Baltimore Orioles +137 --- Over/Under: 8.5
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MLB | Baltimore Orioles (8-23) at Oakland Athletics (15-16)
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The Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics meet Friday in MLB action at Oakland Alameda Coliseum.

The Baltimore Orioles could use a victory here after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Orioles have allowed 25 runs in their last three games and eight or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Baltimore Orioles have lost 14 of their last 15 games when allowing three or more runs. Offensively, Manny Machado leads the Orioles with 43 hits and 27 RBI while Trey Mancini and Adam Jones have combined for 61 hits and 26 RBI. Andrew Cashner gets the ball, and he is 1-4 with a 4.76 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. Cashner is 1-0 with a 3.93 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics could use a victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Athletics have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Oakland Athletics have lost five straight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 44 hits and 30 RBI while Marcus Semien and Matt Chapman have combined for 63 hits and 28 RBI. Daniel Mengden gets the ball, and he is 2-3 with a 4.68 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. This will be Mengden’s first career game against the Orioles.

The Orioles are 23-57 in their last 80 road games, 5-14 in their last 19 during game 1 of a series and 0-4 in Cashners last 4 starts. The Athletics are 5-1 in their last 6 home games, 1-5 in their last 6 Friday games and 0-4 in their last 4 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Orioles are 12-25 in the last 37 meetings in Oakland.

The Baltimore Orioles continue to pile up the losses and their pitching staff is getting rocked night in and night out. It's been no different with Cashner this season. The Oakland Athletics play their best baseball at home where the offense takes advantage of all that space, and Mengden has allowed just two runs in his last 14.1 innings at home. I have to back the Oakland Athletics, as fading the O's this season has paid off well. 

Oakland Athletics -147

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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