Chris Bassitt (1-4, 2.48 ERA) gets the start for the Oakland Athletics (51-66) as they go up against Miguel Gonzalez (9-8, 4.45 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (58-56) in the second of a four-game series at Camden Yards. The Orioles won the last game 8-6 and Baltimore leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 15 and will air on CSCA and MASN.
In his most recent outing, Gonzalez pitched 4.2 innings, giving up four runs, striking out six and walking two in a 5-4 loss to the Angels. Chris Davis (.257, 65 Rs, 32 HRs, 85 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 6 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Athletics were unsuccessful to the Astros 5-4 the last time Bassitt pitched. He went 6.2 innings, allowing one run, striking out 10 and walking two. Ben Zobrist (.278, 46 Rs, 9 HRs, 41 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Athletics, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Baltimore is a -153 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Orioles are 36-26 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -91. They are 3-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. The Orioles rank fourth in the majors in home runs with 148.
Moving on to the away team, the Athletics come into this game with a weak win percentage of .370 when playing as the underdog (20-34) and an overall money line of -2,342. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the AL with an average of 7.6 strikeouts per road game.
The Orioles are 3-1 against the Athletics this season. This game will feature Bassitt (RHP) on the mound against the Orioles, who have a 41-45 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Gonzalez will take the mound against the Athletics, who have a 42-43 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Bal, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Baltimore is 23-16, while Oakland is 21-29.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Orioles have a 34-36 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 39-15. The Orioles have a 42-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th in runs, Oakland has earned 476 this season. Baltimore ranks eighth with 500 runs.
Ranking 27th, Baltimore is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 276 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half at 12th with 335.
When the Orioles hit at least one home run, they are 51-30. When the Athletics hit at least one homer, they have a 33-27 record.