Sonny Gray (12-4, 2.06 ERA) takes the hill for the Oakland Athletics (51-68) as they square off against Chris Tillman (8-7, 4.66 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (60-56) in the last of a four-game series at Camden Yards. The Athletics lost the last game 18-2, continuing a six-game losing streak. Baltimore can finish out the series sweep with a win in this game. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 17 and can be seen on CSCA and MASN.
Tillman pitched 2.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs and striking out two in a 6-5 defeat to the Mariners. Chris Davis (.261, 68 Rs, 34 HRs, 89 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI. Gray went 9.0 innings, surrendering one run and striking out five in a 3-1 win over the Astros in his most recent start. Ben Zobrist (.280, 47 Rs, 9 HRs, 42 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Baltimore is a -120 favorite against Oakland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Orioles have an overall money line of +nine and a record as the favorite of 37-26. Baltimore is an impressive 4-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Orioles are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 155.
In the other locker room, Oakland is coming in with an overall money line of -2,442 and a disappointing record of 20-35 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 2-7 record, and a 3-7 record SU. The Athletics have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 7.6 strikeouts per road game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Orioles have controlled the season series, 5-1. The Orioles have a 42-45 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gray takes the mound. Tillman (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 42-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Oak, O/U - Over
The Orioles won their last game by a 16-run margin. In games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more, the Athletics are 4-3. The Orioles are 3-0 in blowouts this season.
The Orioles are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Athletics have a 7-21 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
The Orioles are coming into the game with three consecutive wins, while the Athletics currently have a losing streak of six.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 39-16. The Orioles have a 43-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th in runs, Oakland has earned 481 this season. Baltimore ranks fourth with 522 runs.
Ranking 25th, Baltimore is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 280 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half at 12th with 339.
When the Orioles hit at least one home run, they are 53-30. When the Athletics hit at least one homer, they have a 33-29 record.