Free MLB Picks: Orioles vs. Athletics

Jeff Grant

Thursday, April 25, 2013 1:34 PM UTC

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

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 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. 


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. 


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.



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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