Bet Athletics -135 over Orioles for Saturday's Matchup

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, July 19, 2014 12:04 PM GMT

Our resident MLB odds expert Ross Benjamin analyzes this Saturday's game between the Orioles and A’s. This article will provide sports bettors with the ultimate edge they need when making their MLB picks today.

Battle of AL Division Leaders
The A’s will host the Orioles on Saturday evening in Oakland with the first pitch slated for 9:05 PM ET. According to current MLB betting odds the A’s are a -135 money line home favorite and the posted total is 7.5. This will be the 2nd of a 3-game series, and the A’s took the opener 5-4 in dramatic fashion. Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the 9th Josh Donaldson launched a 3-run walk off home run for Oakland. Oakland (60-36) currently leads the AL West with a 1.5 game lead over the 2nd place Los Angeles Angels. Baltimore (52-43) continues to lead the AL East with a 4.0 game lead over both the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees.

 

The Starting Pitchers
The starting pitcher for the Orioles on Saturday will be Wei-Yin Chen. The southpaw enters tonight in bad form over his last 3-starts. In those outings Chen has posted a very lofty 6.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. He’s been dominant in his 4 career starts versus the Orioles, going 3-1 against the money line, and posted an excellent 1.00 ERA. The Orioles hurler has gone 11-7 against the money line this season, with a 4.15 ERA, and a better than 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio.

The A’s will counter with veteran right-hander Jason Hammel who was acquired in a trade with the Cubs just prior to the all-star break. In his first start with his new club, Hammel allowed 2 earned runs, 6-hits, and walked 3, all in 5.0 innings of work during a 5-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants. However, he does enter tonight in very good form over his last 4-starts overall, posting a stellar 2.96 ERA, and a 1.19 WHIP. Despite pitching for the last place Chicago Cubs prior to the trade he was a more than respectable 10-7 against the money line.

 

A’s Continue to Roll
With last night’s win the Oakland A’s have now gone 18-8 over their last 26-games overall, and improved to an outstanding 31-15 (.674) at home in 2014. Considering what today’s MLB odds indicate, it’s certainly worth noting that Oakland has gone an outstanding 42-16 this season when they’re -100 to -150 on the money line. The A’s have also gone an extremely profitable 21-8 this season when facing a southpaw starting pitcher, and have made $100.00 a game sports bettors $1070.00 when wagering on Oakland in that exact role.

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Orioles Short Memory is an Asset
Despite last night’s gut wrenching defeat at the hands of the A’s, the Orioles can take solace in knowing they’ve displayed superb recuperative powers in recent weeks. Baltimore has gone 8-1 in their last 9-games following a loss. The Orioles have also gone a solid 26-20 on the road this season, and have made $100.00 a game sports bettors $1220.00 in that identical scenario this season.

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MLB Betting System
Any American League money line favorite of -110 or more, that has a starting pitcher with a WHIP of 1.30 or better for the season, and they’re facing a starting pitcher with a win/loss decision percentage of .700 or better, has gone 54-11 (83.1%) during the past 5-seasons.

MLB Pick: Oakland -135 over Baltimore