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On Tuesday night, the Baltimore Orioles will look to end their week-long losing streak against the Oakland A’s at Oakland Coliseum. The game is the second of their current series and will take place at 10:07 P.M ET.
O’s Look to End Long Skid
The Baltimore Orioles record isn’t pretty this year (21-51) but that’s not their main concern right now. They are in the middle of a complete overhaul under a new regime and just want to see progress. Eventually, with a culture change and a talent influx to their farm system, the O’s hope to be back in contention in the AL East.
That said, the team still needs to win the occasional game to keep their fanbase engaged and some happiness inside the locker room. Over the last six games, however, they haven’t won and the streak has been pretty ugly. Combined, they’ve scored just 21 runs in their last six while allowing 51 runs.
Baltimore’s pitching staff has been an issue all season; they have the worst ERA in baseball (5.68), they lack an ace pitcher, and their bullpen is extremely shaky. And on Tuesday, a win won’t be easy because their projected starter, Gabriel Ynoa, is merely a replacement-level pitcher. He’s not good enough to keep opposing offenses off the board completely, but at the same time, he never lets things get too far out of control. In his four starts this year, the other team has scored either two or three earned runs against Ynoa. For the team to win, the bullpen will need to close the door after Ynoa comes out and the offense will need to score at least a handful of runs.
#16 for #16.
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) June 16, 2019
As for the offense, only one guy currently active can be consistently dangerous, and that’s Trey Mancini. He has 16 home runs this year and the team’s only .300-plus batting average (qualified hitters).
Oakland Trying to Stay Above .500
Despite a payroll consistently near the bottom of the league, the Oakland A’s remain competitive. This year, they are one game over .500 at 37-36 and right in the thick of the American League playoff race. As of post time, the A’s are just 2.5 games back of the final AL Wild Card spot.
As a unit, the A’s are right in the middle of the pack both offensively and from a pitching perspective. On offense, they rank No. 15 in runs per game (4.9) while their pitching staff ranks No. 11 in team ERA (4.29).
Known for their analytics department, no player on the A’s active roster has a negative WAR, according to FanGraphs. Marcus Semien and Matt Chapman have the best WAR numbers; Semien leads the team with a 2.9 WAR while Chapman has a 2.5 WAR.
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— Oakland A's (@Athletics) June 17, 2019
On Tuesday, they’ll go for back-to-back wins against Baltimore with Brett Anderson on the hill. Anderson has been ultra-efficient this year, pitching to a 3.89 overall ERA and a 3.69 home ERA.
- 4-1 in their last 5 games w/Anderson starting.
- 6-2 in their last 8 home games w/Anderson starting.
- 4-0 in their last 4 games vs. Baltimore.
- 0-6 in their last 6 games overall.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games w/Ynoa starting.
- 3-19 in their last 22 games in June.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Earlier this year, the O’s offense was actually a viable unit. Thanks to injuries to Dwight Smith Jr. and slumps aplenty, that’s changed, and only Trey Mancini can be counted on regularly right now. They managed just three hits in Game 1 and over the course of the last week (six games), they’ve managed just 3.5 runs/game. With a pitcher like Gabriel Ynoa starting for them, a defense that makes the second-most errors in baseball, and Brett Anderson opposing them, the O’s offense will have a tough time keeping up with Oakland’s hitters.
Prediction: Oakland A’s -220
Full-Game Total Pick
The two teams combined for just 5 runs in Game 1 but you can expect a lot more on Tuesday. Gabriel Ynoa allows runs (and home runs) every time he takes the mound and being away from home won’t help the cause. In their last five meetings, the over has hit four times and I can see that trend continuing.
Prediction: Over 9