Chris Tillman (3-1, 2.81 ERA) and Kendall Graveman (1-3, 4.40 ERA) start in the last of a four-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (17-12) and the Oakland Athletics (14-17) at Camden Yards. The Orioles won the last game 5-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 8 and can be seen on MASN and CSCA.
Tillman pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out nine and walking four in a 4-1 win over the Yankees. Manny Machado (.345, 22 Rs, 7 HRs, 16 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Graveman went 6.1 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out six and walking one in a 4-3 defeat to the Mariners in his most recent start. Josh Reddick (.301, 12 Rs, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 4 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds for Baltimore and Oakland are Orioles -150, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5 as of now.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL
Oakland has won 38% (5-8) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Baltimore has won 64% (7-4) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Athletics managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Orioles who are heading in with a 9-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Orioles are 11-3. The Athletics have a 12-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd, Oakland sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 114 this season. Baltimore ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 123.
Ranking 27th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 74 this season. Baltimore ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 90.
The Orioles are 13-6 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 10-10 when they hit at least one homer.