The OAKLAND and the BALTIMORE will both be gunning for a victory on 9/11/2018 at 7:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
GAME: Oakland Athletics (87-57) at Baltimore Orioles (41-102)
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, September 11 – 7:05 PM EST
WHERE: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
TV: 7:05 PM
PREDICTION: BALTIMORE , OAKLAND
Oddsmakers currently have the BALTIMORE listed as 175 point favorites versus the OAKLAND, while the game’s total is sitting at 9.
The Oakland Athletics capped a successful 10-game homestand with four straight victories to keep the heat on in the American League West. The Athletics (87-57), who reside three games behind first-place Houston, head east to begin a six-game road trip with the first of three contests against the Baltimore Orioles (41-102) on Tuesday.
“We know we want to take the division. That’s where our goals are set, because that seems to be the easiest path to the World Series. But whatever happens, happens. We can’t really control that now with Houston anymore,” Oakland outfielder Stephen Piscotty told reporters. The 27-year-old, who is 0-for-11 against the Orioles this season, extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his career-best 23rd homer in Sunday’s 7-3 victory against Texas. The Athletics aim to continue their good fortune versus Baltimore, against which it recorded a three-game sweep from May 4-6. The Orioles are hemorrhaging runs, as they dropped an 8-3 decision at Tampa Bay on Sunday to push their runs allowed total to 65 during their current 1-8 stretch.
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, NBCS California (Oakland), MASN2 (Baltimore)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics RH Mike Fiers (11-6, 3.36 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Alex Cobb (5-15, 4.97)
Fiers improved to 4-0 with a 2.94 ERA in six starts since being acquired by Oakland after allowing two runs on three hits over six innings in Wednesday’s 8-2 triumph over the New York Yankees. The 33-year-old wasn’t as fortunate against Baltimore on April 27, as he permitted three runs – including two homers – in six frames of a 6-0 loss while pitching for Detroit. Fiers has flustered Adam Jones (1-for-11, four strikeouts) and Trey Mancini (1-for-6, three strikeouts).
Cobb allowed just one earned run for the fourth time in his past seven outings last Tuesday, improving to 3-1 in that stretch after scattering four hits over six innings in a 5-3 win at Seattle. The 30-year-old is receiving a bit of extra rest for this start, however, as his scheduled turn in the rotation was put on pause due to a blister on his throwing hand. Cobb, who has surrendered five homers in his last three starts, sustained a hard-luck 2-1 setback in Oakland on May 6 despite yielding two runs on five hits in six innings.
1. Baltimore has been battered from the start this season, getting outscored 115-61 during the first inning.
2. Athletics LF Khris Davis is 5-for-15 with four extra-base hits (three doubles, one homer) and five runs scored during his last four games.
3. Baltimore C Caleb Joseph has answered an 0-for-13 stretch by going 4-for-7 with an RBI in his last two contests.
PREDICTION: Athletics 6, Orioles 2