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MLB Betting Preview: Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics

August 19, 2023



The Baltimore Orioles enter this game having won three of their last five games and are coming off a 9-4 win on the road against the Oakland Athletics in game one of the series on Friday which also ended their two-game losing streak.

Meanwhile, the Oakland Athletics enter this game having lost four of their last five games which includes Friday’s 4-9 loss at home against the Baltimore Orioles in game one of the series.

BookMaker has the Baltimore Orioles listed as -172 money line favorites on the road against the Oakland Athletics and has set the total for the over/under plays at 8.5 runs. Which team will come away with the win in game two of the series on Saturday night? Let’s take a deeper dive into how these teams are performing this season.

Baltimore Orioles Team Preview

The Baltimore Orioles enter this game with an overall record of 75-47 which puts them in 1st place in the AL East and are coming off a 9-4 win in game one of the series against the Oakland Athletics.

Offensively, Baltimore scored nine runs off 16 hits with three of the runs coming in the 1st inning which included Anthony Santander and Ryan Mountcastle scoring off a double hit by Cedric Mullins.

The Orioles will send Cole Irvin to the mound for game two of the series against the Athletics on Saturday. Irvin is 1-3 this season with a 4.92 ERA while recording 50 strikeouts.

Oakland Athletics Team Preview

The Oakland Athletics enter this game with an overall record of 34-88 which puts them in 5th place in the AL West and are coming off a 4-9 loss against the Baltimore Orioles in game one of the series.

Offensively, the Athletics scored four runs off 12 hits with two of the runs coming in the 5th inning which included Brent Rooker scoring off a base hit from Seth Brown.

Ken Waldichuk will take the mound for Oakland against Baltimore on Saturday for game two of the series. Waldichuk is 2-7 on the year with an ERA of 6.07 and has recorded 100 strikeouts.

Series Trends and Game Pick

Baltimore has won seven of the last ten games in the series and has won by an average score of 5.6 to 4.2 in those matchups. The Orioles have won two of the last three games in the series and have won by an average score of 7 to 6.33 in those contests.

The over has hit in six of the last ten games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 9.8 runs per game in those contests. The over has hit in the last three games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 13.33 runs per game in those matchups.

Both starting pitchers enter this game with ERAs above 4.5 with Cole Irvin having an ERA of 4.92 and Ken Waldichuk having a 6.07 ERA. The over has been the trend in the series, hitting in six of the last ten including the previous four matchups in a row. As a result, I am taking the over 8.5 runs for this matchup on BookMaker.

Spooky Express Pick: Over 8.5 Runs