Andrew Triggs (0-0, 5.35 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (51-63) go up against Chris Tillman (14-4, 3.50 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (63-50) in the last of a four-game series at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 1-0, and Oakland can finish out the series sweep with a win in this game. The game starts at 3:35 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 11 and will air on MASN and MLBN.
In his last start, Triggs pitched 0.0 inning, giving up one run and walking one in a 3-1 loss to the Cubs. Danny Valencia (.290, 47 Rs, 14 HRs, 40 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. The Orioles were unsuccessful against the White Sox 4-2 the last time Tillman pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking two. Manny Machado (.304, 77 Rs, 26 HRs, 69 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Oakland, a +155 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Baltimore. The matchup currently has an eight-run Over/Under (O/U). When playing as the underdog, the Athletics have a 34-41 record and overall money line at -967. Oakland has been struggling as of late. In the last 10 games, Oakland has only averaged 2.9 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 6.4 strikeouts per home game.
On the other side, the Orioles have a nice record of 42-20 when they are favored and are +1,256 overall with the money line. The Orioles rank fifth in the AL in scoring, averaging 4.7 runs per game. Baltimore is one of the top hitting teams in the AL with an average of 9.0 hits per contest. Baltimore's pitching staff and defense as a whole have been firing on all cylinders so far, ranking fifth in the AL with only 4.4 runs allowed per game.
The Athletics have gotten the best of the Orioles in head-to-head matchups this season, going 4-2. This game will feature Tillman (RHP) on the mound against the Athletics, who have a 37-46 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Orioles will be the right-hander Triggs. They sport a 46-36 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 19-17. The Orioles are 13-13 in close games this season.
Oakland has won 41% (18-26) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Baltimore has won 62% (29-18) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Orioles didn't score any runs in their last game. The Athletics have a 4-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 13-51. The Orioles have a 17-37 record when opponents outhit them.
Baltimore tops the league in home runs this season with 170. Oakland ranks in the bottom half with 122.
Ranking 11th, Oakland is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.47 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top five with 9.00.
Ranking 28th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.703). Baltimore ranks in the top five with an OPS of .769.
The Orioles are 36-38 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Athletics are 24-51 when they allow at least one homer.