Wei-Yin Chen (6-6, 3.21 ERA) and Kendall Graveman (6-8, 3.89 ERA) take the hill in the third of a four-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (59-56) and the Oakland Athletics (51-67) at Camden Yards. The Athletics lost the last game 4-3, continuing a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 16 and can be seen on CSCA and MASN.
Chen pitched 7.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking two in a 3-2 win over the Mariners. Chris Davis (.259, 67 Rs, 34 HRs, 88 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs. Graveman went 4.2 innings, surrendering two runs (two unearned), striking out four and walking one in a 4-2 defeat to the Blue Jays in his last outing. Ben Zobrist (.278, 46 Rs, 9 HRs, 41 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Athletics, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Baltimore is a -173 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 -91 and a record as the favorite of 36-26. Baltimore is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Orioles are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 151.
As for their opponent, Oakland is coming in with an overall money line of -2,342 and a disappointing record of 20-34 as the underdog. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Athletics are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.20 for the season. 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 lead the season series, 4-1. The Orioles have a 41-45 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Graveman takes the mound. Chen (LHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have inferior records against left-handed starting pitchers on the road and overall of 2-12 and 9-23, respectively.
Predictions: SU Winner - Bal, O/U - Over
The Athletics lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Orioles are 16-19. The Athletics are 13-27 in close games this season.
After a weak showing last week where they got in six hits, the Orioles need to step it up. The Athletics have a record of 32-10 when opponents get six hits or fewer.
It looks like the Orioles have a slight leg up on the Athletics, as the Orioles have won their last two games while the Athletics have lost their last five.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 39-16. The Orioles have a 42-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th in runs, Oakland has earned 479 this season. Baltimore ranks eighth with 504 runs.
Ranking 27th, Baltimore is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 277 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half at 12th with 338.
The Orioles are 52-30 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 33-28 when they hit at least one homer.