Kendall Graveman (7-7, 4.46 ERA) and Kevin Gausman (3-8, 4.08 ERA) take the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Oakland Athletics (48-63) and the Baltimore Orioles (63-47) at O.C. Coliseum. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 8 and can be seen on MASN and CSCA.
Graveman pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs, striking out three and walking one in an 8-6 defeat to the Angels. Gausman went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 3-2 win over the Rangers in his last outing. Mark Trumbo (.267, 61 Rs, 31 HRs, 77 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Baltimore takes on Oakland as a -147 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Athletics have an overall money line of -1,223 and a record as the underdog of 32-41. Oakland's batters do not strike out very often at home, with only 6.5 per game.
Over in the other dugout, Baltimore is coming in with an overall money line of +1,532 and an impressive record of 42-18 as the favorite. Offensively, they average 4.8 runs per game, which is good for fifth in the AL. The Orioles are tough outs for opponents, ranking fifth in the AL with 9.1 hits per game.
The Orioles lead the season series, 2-1. The Athletics have a 36-46 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gausman takes the mound. Graveman (RHP) will be on the hill against the Orioles, who have a 46-34 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL, O/U - Over
Oakland has won 40% (17-26) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Baltimore has won 63% (29-17) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Orioles are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 10 runs. The Athletics have a 1-10 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 33-11. The Orioles have a 41-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, Oakland has earned 449 this season. Baltimore ranks eighth with 522 runs.
Ranking 28th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 278 this season. Baltimore ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 323.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 38-33. When the Orioles hit at least one homer, they have a 51-30 record.