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

Baltimore Orioles (8-24) at Oakland Athletics (16-16)
Date & Time Saturday May 5, 2018, 9:05 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Oakland Athletics -140 / Baltimore Orioles +130 --- Over/Under: 9
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The Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.

The Baltimore Orioles are getting desperate for a victory after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Orioles have allowed 28 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Baltimore Orioles have lost 14 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Manny Machado leads the Orioles with 44 hits and 27 RBI while Adam Jones and Trey Mancini have combined for 64 hits and 27 RBI. Kevin Gausman gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. Gausman is 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics look for another victory after losing five of their last eight games. The Athletics have scored 10 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Oakland Athletics have won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than two runs. Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 47 hits and 31 RBI while Marcus Semien and Matt Chapman have combined for 65 hits and 29 RBI. Trevor Cahill gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. Cahill is 3-1 with a 2.42 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Orioles.

The Orioles are 16-39 in their last 55 during game 2 of a series, 1-11 in their last 12 Saturday games and 16-33 in Gausmans last 49 road starts. The Athletics are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 19-9 in Cahills last 28 starts with 5 days of rest and 4-1 in Cahills last 5 starts. The Orioles are 12-26 in the last 38 meetings in Oakland.

Gausman has actually given the Orioles chances to win in each of his last five starts, but I'm not sure that matters at this point. The O's are just a mess right now and don't seem to be playing with a whole lot of confidence. The Oakland Athletics are a young bunch that plays with cofidence at home, scores a lot of runs in their ballpark and finds ways to win even if it isn't always pretty. There's just no way I can get behind the Orioles in their current form. 

Oakland Athletics -140

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