Rich Hill (3-3, 2.53 ERA) is on the hill for the Oakland Athletics (13-16) as they square off against Ubaldo Jimenez (1-3, 5.20 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (16-11) in the first of a three-game series at Camden Yards. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 6 and can be seen on MASN and CSCA.
Jimenez pitched 4.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs, striking out three and walking four in a 7-1 defeat to the White Sox. Hill went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking four in a 2-1 defeat to the Astros in his last outing. Marcus Semien (.209, 11 Rs, 7 HRs, 12 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Athletics, going 2 for 4 Wednesday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds for Baltimore and Oakland are Athletics -105, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5 as of now.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL
In their last game, the Athletics lost by a margin of one run. The Orioles are 4-2 in one-run games. The Athletics have a 5-6 record in close games.
Oakland recorded at least two errors for the seventh time this season.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Orioles are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Athletics have a 5-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 2-13. The Orioles have a 4-7 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 12th in home runs, Oakland has hit 31 this season. Baltimore ranks seventh with 36 home runs.
Ranking 20th, Oakland is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.00 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.85.
Baltimore ranks at the top of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .000. Oakland ranks near the bottom at 27th with an OPS of .667.
The Athletics are 6-13 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Orioles are 11-5 when they allow at least one homer.