Oakland Athletics at Baltimore Orioles - 4/24/21 MLB Picks and Prediction

Oakland Athletics at Baltimore Orioles - 4/24/21 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Orioles (8-11) vs Oakland Athletics (13-7)

Game Info: Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7:05 pm (Oriole Park at Camden Yards)

Wade LeBlanc (0-0) (5.40) vs Chris Bassitt (1-2) (4.43)

Betting Odds: Baltimore Orioles +150 / Oakland Athletics -160 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Oakland Athletics will face the Baltimore Orioles in an AL matchup on Saturday night. It will be the second of a three-game set at Camden Yards.

The A’s took the second game 3-1 for their 12th straight win. Cole Irvin scattered 8 hits over 5.1 innings, allowing just one run with 6 strikeouts. From the dish they had 7 hits and  were 1-4 with runners in scoring position. Ramon Laureano hit a solo shot in the 5th for his second of the season. The A’s have a .221 team batting average and .709 OPS to start the season. Matt Olsen leads the team with a .328 average, 1.072 OPS, 6 home runs and 15 RBI.

Starting for the A’s on Saturday will be righty Chris Bassitt. To start the year, he is 1-2 with a 4.43 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 19 strikeouts. He has only faced 4 Orioles in his career, not allowing a hit in 5 at bats.  

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The Orioles lost last time out after failing to convert hits into runs. They managed 10 hits in the game but left 10 runners on base. The one bright spot was the bullpen, who combined to throw 5 shutout innings with 6 strikeouts. To start the year, Baltimore has a .222 team batting average and .636 OPS. Cedric Mullens leads the team with a .333 average and .879 OPS.

Wade LeBlanc will get the start for the Orioles on Saturday. This will be his first start of the season. In relief work he has tossed 5 innings, allowing 3 runs with 4 strikeouts. Against this A's lineup in his career, he has allowed a .271 average with 11 strikeouts in 90 at bats. 

Oakland is 10-0 in their last ten games, 5-1 on the road this season, and the over is 11-9 in their games.

Baltimore is 4-6 in their last ten games, 1-7 at home this season, and the under is 11-8 in their games.

The A's are rolling and there is no reason to pick against them here. Not much of an edge on the mound for the A's in this one, but they have been finding ways to win. The Orioles have been bad at home and I do not expect them to find the answers here. Give me Oakland to win. 

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Joe’s Pick Oakland Athletics -160

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