Bet Athletics -165 over Orioles for Game 3

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:17 AM GMT

Our resident MLB betting odds guru Ross Benjamin deciphers the game between the Orioles and A’s on Sunday afternoon. Read Ross’ informative sports betting article in order to give you the best possible edge with your MLB wagering today.

The Grand Finale of the Series
The A’s will host the Orioles on Sunday afternoon in Oakland with the first pitch slated for 4:05 PM ET. According to MLB betting odds Oakland is a -165 money line home favorite and the posted total is 7.5. This will be the final of a 3-game weekend series between these two division leaders.

 

The Starting Pitchers
The Baltimore Orioles will go with the youngster Kevin Gausman on the mound this afternoon. Since being called up from the minors Gausman has gone 5-2 against the money line, including 5-1 in his last 6 with a stellar 2.36 ERA. However, the Orioles right-hander has struggled a bit in day games posting a lofty 4.87 ERA in 4-starts. He did make one start this season against Oakland and it came on June 7th in Baltimore. In that outing he allowed just 1 earned run, 4-hits, struck out 6, and walked only 1 during a 6-3 Orioles win.

The A’s counter with a youngster of their own Sonny Gray. The Oakland right-hander has gone 13-6 against the money line this season with a very good 2.79 ERA. Gray has displayed terrific form in his previous 3-starts posting a microscopic 0.83 while going a perfect 3-0 against the money line. The bad news is that Gray has gone 0-2 against the money line in his career versus the Orioles with a monster 11.43 ERA and 2.08 WHIP. Both of those starts have come since 2013.

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The Teams in Day Games
The Oakland A’s are a very profitable 23-13 during day games this season. They’ve also gone a terrific 31-10 over the last 2-seasons when playing on a Sunday. The A’s have been lights out this season as a home favorite on the money line of -125 to -175 going 36-13 (.750) in that role. The A’s will have an off day on Monday, and will resume play on Tuesday when they begin a 3-game series at home versus the Houston Astros.

The Orioles are a subpar 16-19 during the day this season. The Orioles have hit just .252 as a team during the day on the year compared to their season average of .265. Following today’s game they will travel to Anaheim to begin a 3-game series on Monday versus the red-hot Angels.

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MLB Betting System
Any money line home favorite of -160 or more, that has a pitcher averaging 6.5 innings or more per start, and they’re facing an American League starting pitcher with an ERA of 3.50 or less on the year, has gone a remarkable 64-11 (85.3%) during the last 5-seasons.

Free Pick: Oakland -165 over Baltimore

 

Note to Sports Bettors: Due to the size of the juice we’re being asked to lay, I would suggest wagering what you normally would play to win on Oakland to reduce the sports gambling risk.

MLB Betting Example: If you normally play to win $200, then just wager $200 on Oakland to make $121.