Oakland Athletics at Baltimore Orioles - 4/23/21 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Baltimore Orioles (8-10) vs Oakland Athletics (12-7)
Game Info: Friday, April 23, 2021 at 7:05 pm (Oriole Park at Camden Yards)
Jorge Lopez (1-2) (8.56) vs Cole Irvin (1-2) (4.60)
Betting Odds: Baltimore Orioles +115 / Oakland Athletics -125 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Baltimore Orioles will host the Oakland Athletics in an AL showdown on Friday night. It will be the first game of a three-game set at Camden Yards.
It took a little luck for the A’s to win their 11th straight game. A couple errors in the 10th from the Twins helped to continue their rally, ultimately ending in a 13-12 victory at home. They A’s had 13 hits in the contest, and were 5-12 with runners in scoring position. Matt Olsen homered twice in the game. To start the year, the Athletics have a .222 team batting average and .718 OPS. Matt Olson leads the team with 6 home runs, 15 RBI and a 1.078 OPS.
Lefty Cole Irvin will get the start for the A’s on Friday. To start the season, he is 1-2 with a 4.60 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 11 strikeouts. It will be the first time in his career he has faced this Orioles lineup.
Baltimore split their 2-game stint with the Marlins, losing their last game 3-0 at Miami. Bruce Zimmerman earned the loss after giving up 3 runs in 4.2 innings. From the dish, the Orioles managed just 4 hits and were 0-4 with runners in scoring position. In 2021, Baltimore has a .218 team batting average and .639 OPS. Cedric Mullins leads the team with a .328 average and .870 OPS.
Starting for the O’s on Friday will be righty Jorge Lopez. In three starts he is 0-0 with an 8.56 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 17 strikeouts. He has only faced a few A’s in his career. The 4 have combined to go 7-15 with a home run.
Oakland is 10-0 in their last ten games, 4-1 on the road this season, and 8-3 as the favorite. The over is 11-8 in their games.
Baltimore is 4-6 in their last ten games, 1-6 at home this season, and 7-7 as the dog. The under is 10-8 in their games.
I don’t see any reason to go against the streaking A’s in this one. The Orioles have not been scoring a lot of runs, and their numbers against left-handed pitching are middle of the pack. Pablo Lopez has struggled this season, and the Orioles have just been bad at home. Give me Oakland to win.