Athletics Visit Orioles Looking for W

Oakland Athletics

Athletics Look to Sweep Orioles

The Oakland Athletics (89-57, +29.38 units) will almost certainly make the playoffs this year. But they’re still trying to chase down the AL West title. If that fails, the No. 1 AL Wild Card berth.

That should give Oakland plenty of motivation heading into Thursday’s matchup with the last-place Baltimore Orioles (41-104, -51.57 units).

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, NBCS California (Oakland), MASN (Baltimore)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics LH Brett Anderson (3-4, 4.02 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Dylan Bundy (7-14, 5.58)

The red-hot Oakland Athletics only needed to score in one inning en route to a sixth straight victory. They now can complete a three-game sweep against the major league-worst Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore on Thursday.

The Athletics sent 15 batters to the plate while scoring 10 times in the third inning of Wednesday’s 10-0 victory. They remain three games behind first-place Houston in the American League West. They climbed within one of the New York Yankees for the first wild-card spot.

Oakland Battling Injury Issues

Anderson is expected to make his 14th start of the season. He spent a little over two weeks on the DL with nerve irritation in his left arm. He produced three scoreless efforts of at least seven innings over a stretch of four starts.

Then he allowed five runs over 2 2/3 frames in his last turn on Aug. 27 at Houston. Anderson is 0-1 with a 6.55 ERA in two career starts against the Orioles.

Current Oakland batters have a combined .766 lifetime OPS off A’s starter  Dylan Bundy. They are 9-for-38 with three doubles and a pair of home runs. LF Khris Davis is 3-for-7 with a double and a dinger.

The Athletics are 20-8 against AL East opponents and meet another over the weekend in red-hot Tampa Bay.

Orioles are Just Plodding Through the Season

Bundy has gone 0-5 with a 9.09 ERA in seven starts since the beginning of August. He gave up six runs over four innings in a loss at Tampa Bay on Friday. The fourth overall pick in 2011 has not recorded a win since July 29. He has served up a major league-high 37 homers in 27 starts this year.

Khris Davis is 3-for-7 with a homer and a double against Bundy, who is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in three career appearances (two starts) versus the Athletics.

Adam Jones is 2-for-6 with a double versus Anderson.

D.J. Stewart became the 55th player used by the team this year, eclipsing the club record set in 1955.

PREDICTION: Athletics 5, Orioles 4


Recent Form

Teamrecordmoneyvs LHPvs RHPFaveDogO/UDiff
Pitchers Last 3 Starts
Br Anderson (3-4) ERA: 4.02
event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Aug 27, 2018HOUL4-11O2.2-$100.00
Ag 21, 2018TEXW6-0U7$43.00
Aug 15, 2018SEAL0-2U7.2-$100.00

D Bundy (7-14) ERA: 5.58

event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Sep 7, 2018TBL2-14O4-$100.00
Sep 1, 2018KCL4-5U5.1-$100.00
Aug 26, 2018NYYL3-5U5-$100.00


Oakland’s relievers have pitched 17.1 innings in the last 3 games.
Baltimore’s relievers have pitched 20.2 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent

Oakland Athletics – Br Anderson

DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
Sep 3, 20175-4BAL673303No Decision
Apr 18, 20108-3BAL586502Loss
Baltimore Orioles – D Bundy
DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
Aug 23, 20178-7BAL673308No Decision
Aug 12, 201712-5BAL6733310Win


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense4.8855.5730
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense5.5215.3029
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense3.83264.1110
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense4.34184.4416

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineO/UAway PitcherHome PitcherAway HitsHome HitsAway WalksHome WalksAway StrikeoutsHome Strikeouts
Sep 12, 2018OAK10BAL01859.5OLiam Hendriks (R)Andrew Cashner (R)1514185
Sep 11, 2018OAK3BAL21749UMike Fiers (R)Alex Cobb (R)7631911
May 6, 2018BAL1OAK2-1649UAlex Cobb (R)Andrew Triggs (R)371198
My 5, 2018BAL0OAK2-1418.5UKevin Gausman (R)Trevor Cahill (R)74522011
May 4, 2018BAL4OAK6-1729.5OAndrew Cashner (R)Daniel Mengden (R)911231110
Aug 23, 2017OAK7BAL8-19210ODaniel Gossett (R)Dylan Bundy (R)1413541515
Ag 22, 2017OAK6BAL4-16411UPaul Blackburn (R)Ubaldo Jimenez (R)1373266
Aug 21, 2017OAK3BAL7-17611UChris Smith (R)Wade Miley (L)7105387
Ag 13, 2017BAL3OAK91059.5OJeremy Hellickson (R)Kendall Graveman (R)10812117
Aug 12, 2017BAL12OAK5-1059ODylan Bundy (R)Sean Manaea (L)2010341011

MLB Betting Odds & Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Oakland Athletics

recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Last 108-26-22-07-01-28-23-25-0
v Div33-3417-1916-1520-1314-2137-26-415-1318-21
vs AL77-4939-2638-2350-1928-3064-55-723-1954-30
v NL12-87-35-56-27-65-13-27-55-3

Baltimore Orioles

recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Last 101-90-21-70-11-86-41-10-8
v Div20-4713-227-254-417-4336-27-48-1612-31
vs AL34-9122-3812-5314-1423-7759-61-514-2720-64
vs NL7-132-85-51-46-96-13-14-23-11
Team Last 5 Games

Oakland Athletics

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Sep 12, 2018BAL10-0W-2009.5L Hendriks1A CashnerA
Sp 11, 2018BAL3-2W-1859M Fiers6A CobbA
Sep 9, 2018TEX7-3W-2339T Cahill2.2Jeffrey SpringsH
Sp 8, 2018TEX8-6W-1739.5E Jackson3Yohander MendezH
Sep 7, 2018TEX8-4W-1809L Hendriks1Y GallardoH

Baltimore Orioles

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Sep 12, 2018OAK0-10L1859.5A Cashner2L HendriksH
Sp 11, 2018OAK2-3L1749A Cobb2M FiersH
Sep 9, 2018TB3-8L2298Josh Rogers1.1Ryne StanekA
Sp 8, 2018TB5-10L2228David Hess5Diego CastilloA
Sep 7, 2018TB2-14L2507D Bundy4Blake SnellA

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