Free MLB Picks: Orioles vs. Athletics

Jeff Grant

Thursday, April 25, 2013 1:34 PM GMT

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 1:34 PM GMT

The Baltimore Orioles have been one of the better teams in the league in bouncing back after a loss, as they prepare to open up a four-game series against the Oakland Athletics Thursday night.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League matchup at O.co Coliseum, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET.

Heading out 

Baltimore went 6-3 during its nine-game homestand, but suffered a 6-5 setback to the Toronto Blue Jays as +118 underdogs Wednesday afternoon, while going OVER the betting total of 8.5. 

The Orioles are 24-5 in their last 29 games following a loss, while the UNDER is on a 8-3-1 run in that situation.

Also take a look at my free picks for the matchup between the Blue Jays & Yankees.

Returning home

Oakland dropped five of six games on its most recent road trip, including a 6-5 defeat to the Boston Red Sox as +142 underdogs Wednesday afternoon, with the OVER going 5-1 during that span. 

The Athletics are 33-14 as home favorites of -125 to -150 the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 26-20-1 in those 47 opportunities. 

Hammel 

Orioles starting pitcher Jason Hammel (2-1, 4.74 ERA) has led the club to three victories in his four starts this season, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 7-5 home win over the Los Angeles Dodgers last time out, as he allowed four runs and seven hits over six frames. 

The right-hander is 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA in two road outings—receiving 12 runs of support against the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays. 

In six career games (two starts) versus the Athletics, Hammel has compiled a 3-1 record and 5.00 ERA, including a 3-0 mark and 2.57 ERA in four outings at this ballpark. 

Parker 

Athletics starting pitcher Jarrod Parker (0-3, 7.50 ERA) has suffered back-to-back setbacks, including a 1-0 road loss to the Tampa Bay Rays last time out, as he allowed one run and six hits over 6.1 innings of work. 

The right-hander is 0-2 with a 12.96 ERA in two home starts, with opposing hitters batting .368 against him.

In two career appearances versus the Orioles, Parker has tallied a 1-0 record and 6.00 ERA, but has served up three home runs in 12 combined innings.

[gameodds]3/225588/43/us[/gameodds]

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Orioles in the first five innings as one of their MLB picks Thursday, as they’ve gone 15-6 in their last 21 series openers dating back to last season, including a 5-2 mark in 2013 in that situation. 

MLB Pick:  Baltimore Orioles First Five Innings +113 at 5Dimes
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