The Baltimore Orioles are heading to the Bay Area to take on the Oakland Athletics. Baltimore has improved by leaps and bounds in the past two weeks while Oakland has fallen apart, dealing decent players to prepare for the tank. The Athletics are prepared for a rebuild and their paltry 22 - 31 home record definitely supports this fact.
Baltimore ranks 11th in the league in team batting average at .254 while hitting .241 on the road. The Orioles hold a .421 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .309 which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.5 hits per game and Manny Machado leads the team with 117.
Oakland is 22-31 at home while holding a 46-59 overall record on the season. With an earned run average of 3.53, Jesse Chavez will come into this game holding a 5-10 record and a 1.26 WHIP. In his starts, the Athletics are 5-13 and he has allowed 113 hits over 114.2 innings pitched this season. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 9-8. His teammates score an average of 4.4 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.25 and they have given up 274 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .241 against the Athletics bullpen while being struck out 288 times and walking 104 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 8.11 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.65 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.46.
Pick: Baltimore Orioles ML (-110)