Ross Detwiler (0-0, 5.79 ERA) and Yovani Gallardo (4-3, 5.47 ERA) are on the hill in the third of a four-game series between the Oakland Athletics (50-63) and the Baltimore Orioles (63-49) at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 2-1, and Oakland leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 10 and can be seen on MASN and CSCA.
Danny Valencia (.290, 47 Rs, 14 HRs, 40 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI. Gallardo went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out three and walking one in a 7-5 win over the White Sox in his most recent start.
Baltimore takes on Oakland as a -143 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at nine runs. The Athletics have an overall money line of -1,087 and a record as the underdog of 33-41. The Athletics have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.0 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.0 runs per game. 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 +1,386 and an impressive record of 42-19 as the favorite. Offensively, they average 4.7 runs per game, which is good for fifth in the AL. The Orioles are tough outs for opponents, ranking fourth in the AL with 9.1 hits per game.
The Athletics lead the season series, 3-2. The Athletics have a 37-46 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gallardo takes the mound. Detwiler (LHP) will be on the hill against the Orioles, who have a 17-13 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Orioles lost by a margin of one run. The Athletics are 18-17 in one-run games. The Orioles have a 13-12 record in close games.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Orioles have a 27-25 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
It looks like the Athletics have a slight leg up on the Orioles, as the Athletics have won their last two games while the Orioles have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 34-11. The Orioles have a 41-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, Oakland has earned 454 this season. Baltimore ranks ninth with 525 runs.
Ranking 28th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 286 this season. Baltimore ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 325.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 39-33. When the Orioles hit at least one homer, they have a 51-32 record.