The Baltimore Orioles are the MLB betting favorites when they face the Oakland Athletics and a starter who hasn’t started (or won, for that matter) in a very long time tonight at the Oakland Coliseum for the third encounter of their four-game series tonight at 10:05 PM. For the second time in a row, the A’s will have a sort of anomaly on the hill, but hey, it worked for them yesterday. The odds for fans who bet on baseball are as follows:
Orioles -1½ (+115) 9 (-105) -131
Athletics +1½ (-135) 9 (-115) +121
The A’s started Zach Neal last night, and it was only the second start of the season for the mostly long-relief pitcher. The gambit paid off, though; Neal allowed one run – a solo home from Adam Jones – on two hits in 5 1/3 innings. Oakland third baseman Danny Valencia hit an RBI double in the third and scored a run on a sac fly from Khris Davis. Orioles starter Wade Miley only gave up those two runs in more than six innings, but the O’s poor offensive production – usually one of the most prolific in the league – mean that they were enough to put Baltimore down for the second straight evening.
But the surprises for MLB betting fans do not end there. Tonight, Ross Detweiler (0-0, 5.79 ERA) will be starting for the A’s for the first time since being traded from the Cleveland Indians on July 17th. Moreover, the left-hander will be making his first start in more than a year – the last one occurred on May 14th, 2015 and his last win as a starter took place in June 2013 as a member of the Nationals. Detweiler was an early pick in the first round of the 2007 draft, but has struggled with injuries and the A’s are his fifth professional team. The 30 year old went 4-0 with a 3.86 ERA in four outings – three of which were starts – after being assigned to AAA by the A’s. Additionally, he recorded a 5.79 ERA in seven relief appearances with the Indians this season.
The O’s, on the other hand, will start Yovani Gallardo (4-3, 5.47). The veteran righty has been building a head of steam as of late, pitching six or more innings in two of his previous three starts, and surrendering two runs in seven innings in a win over the Chicago White Sox on August 5th. Notwithstanding that, Oakland MLB betting fans will be pleased to know that the Mexican pitcher is 0-4 with a 6.11 ERA in five starts versus the Athletics. Oakland first baseman Yonder Alonso is 8-for-22 (.364) versus Gallardo. Furthermore, Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt ahs hit a couple of doubles and a homer in six at-bats versus Yovani. The Orioles lead the American League East division with 63 wins and 49 losses (.562%), while the A’s are next to last in the American League West with 50 wins and 63 losses (.442%), 16.5 games behind division leaders the Texas Rangers.