Wade Miley (7-9, 5.08 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (63-48) are in Oakland to go up against Zach Neal (1-1, 5.25 ERA) and the Athletics (49-63) in a game that could have plenty of offense. This is the second of a four-game series at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 3-2, and Oakland leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and will air on MAS2 and CSCA.
In his most recent outing, Neal pitched 2.1 innings, giving up zero runs and striking out two in an 8-6 victory over the Angels. Khris Davis (.251, 54 Rs, 27 HRs, 69 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Orioles were unsuccessful the last time Miley pitched. He struggled, going 5.0 innings, allowing four runs and striking out five in a 5-3 loss to the Rangers. Manny Machado (.307, 77 Rs, 26 HRs, 69 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Oakland, a +140 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Baltimore. Oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at eight runs. When playing as the underdog, the Athletics have a 33-41 record and overall money line at -1,087. Oakland has been struggling as of late. In the last 10 games, Oakland has only averaged 3.0 runs per game compared to the 4.0 it's averaged on the season. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking second in the AL with an average of only 6.5 strikeouts per home game.
On the other side, the Orioles have a nice record of 42-19 when they are favored and are +1,386 overall with the money line. The Orioles rank fifth in the AL in scoring, averaging 4.7 runs per game. One of the top hitting teams in the AL are the Orioles, who average 9.1 hits per game.
This game will feature Miley (LHP) on the mound against the Athletics, who have a 12-17 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Orioles will be the right-hander Neal. They sport a 46-35 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL, O/U - Over
The Orioles lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Athletics are 17-17. The Orioles are 13-11 in close games this season.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Orioles have a 5-4 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 12-51. The Orioles have a 17-36 record when opponents outhit them.
Baltimore tops the league in home runs this season with 169. Oakland ranks in the bottom half with 122.
Ranking 10th, Oakland is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.50 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.07.
Ranking 27th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.706). Baltimore ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .774.
The Orioles are 36-38 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Athletics are 23-51 when they allow at least one homer.