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6* Oakland (4:10 ET): Throw away that 13-game win streak and the A’s are only 3-12 in the rest of their games this season. They’ve been outscored and are on the verge of being swept here (at home) by lowly Baltimore. I made the mistake of backing them yesterday when some dreadful play in the field led to the Orioles scoring six times in the top of the third. Down 8-0 going into the bottom half of the sixth, the A’s were able to cut the lead in half, but it still ended up being an 8-4 loss on Saturday. While yesterday’s performance wasn’t exactly “inspiring,” I do think the home team bounces back today.
We’re not likely to see a repeat of yesterday’s Oakland fielding miscues as it was two errors and two wild pitches (all in the third) that opened the door for Baltimore to jump out to that 6-0 lead. Another boon is that the A’s look to have a significant edge in today’s starting pitching matchup. Sean Manaea has been on a real roll of late, winning each of his L3 starts while posting a 1.50 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. The team has won the last four times he’s taken the mound with Manaea allowing just four runs in 24 innings. He’s allowed 2 ER or less in all four starts.
Baltimore starter Bruce Zimmerman is trending in the opposite direction. He’s 0-3 his L3 starts with a 6.07 ERA and 2.024 WHIP. The team has lost each of the last four times he’s taken the mound. Zimmerman has already allowed 6 HR this season and doesn’t have many strikeouts either (just 18 in 25 ⅓ IP). He allowed four runs on nine hits his last time out, lasting only 3 ⅓ in a 5-1 loss to the Yankees. I just can’t see the A’s being swept this weekend nor can I see Baltimore’s success on the road continuing. 6* Oakland
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