The American League East division race was a tight one for MLB Betting fans in the vast majority of the first half of the season, but it was the Yankees who eventually took control heading into the break. The other teams in the division were then left with some tough decisions to make at the trade deadline.
The Orioles went on a nice run of form in the days leading up to the deadline, and as such, didn’t do anything that earth shattering. They will try to keep their good run going when they face the A’s in Oakland on Tuesday night.
A Look at the Baltimore Orioles vs Oakland A’s Game Preview & MLB Odds
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 2, 2015
Time: 10:05 pm ET
Venue: O.co Colliseum
National Tv: None
Opening line: Baltimore -108, Oakland +100
After the Trade Deadline, where are the Orioles heading?
There was talk that the Orioles (53-51) might be inclined to sell at the deadline, but a 6-1 run in the days before July 31 had them re-think things a little. They made a move to bring in Gerardo Parra from the Brewers in a move that will help solidify their outfield. While they are now 6 games back of the Yankees in the East, the O’s are just a game back in the Wild Card race.
The fact that the Angels are mired in a slump certainly helps their cause, which is part of the reason why they didn’t decide to effectively give upon this season. If the Orioles are to find a way into the postseason, they are going to have to improve on their pretty woeful road record, where they find themselves 10 games under .500. A good performance in Oakland would be a fine way to get that situation rectified. Miguel Gonzalez (9-7, 4.28 ERA) will be trying to avoid a second straight loss when he starts on Tuesday night.
The Oakland A’s got rid of one of their aces in a season to forget.
It wasn’t a huge surprise to see the Oakland A’s (47-59) become sellers at the trade deadline, as it had long been expected that they would go that route. It has been a miserable year for Oakland, and one that has to be blamed on a total lack of offense. It’s hard to believe that this team is sitting with a +38 run differential right now, but the credit for that has to go to the pitching staff. Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir have both been excellent, but Kazmir was shipped out in the days leading up to the deadline.
That will leave Gray to man the pitching fort, which will likely mean that the positive run differential will start to shrink as the season draws to a close. Chris Bassitt (0-4, 3.10 ERA) has pitched well in the games that he has started, but he has received zero run support.
Key Betting Trends
- Baltimore is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
- Baltimore is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- Baltimore is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Oakland
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Baltimore’s last 5 games when playing Oakland
- Oakland is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
- Oakland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Baltimore
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland’s last 5 games when playing Baltimore
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
The Orioles may not be the best road team by a long margin, but this is a series that they really have to win if they want to stay with the Wild Card leaders. That should be incentive enough for them to get the win.