Orioles vs Athletics Prediction MLB Experts Picks 4/10
- Apr 10, 2023, 7:30:44 AM
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The Oakland Athletics are visiting the Baltimore Orioles for their fourth away game of the season. The Orioles have home-field advantage and are looking to take advantage of this opportunity to improve their record, which currently stands at 4-5, while the Athletics are struggling with a 2-7 record, having lost their last four games in a row.
Let's take a closer look at each team to see how they match up against each other in this game.
The Athletics' pitching has struggled in the early part of the season, with a team ERA of 7.54. Their starting rotation has been particularly ineffective, with only one quality start in their first nine games. Aside from JP Sears, who will start the next game, their starting pitchers have been inconsistent and have struggled to keep opposing teams off the scoreboard. Their bullpen has also been a weak spot, with a combined ERA of 7.82.
The Athletics' offense has been the major issue so far this season, with a team average of .192 and only eight home runs. They have been shut out twice in their first nine games and have only scored more than four runs in a game once. Matt Chapman and Matt Olson have been the only consistent performers in the lineup, but they have struggled to get much support from the rest of the team.
The Athletics have three players on the injured list, including pitcher Paul Blackburn, left fielder Seth Brown, and reliever Drew Rucinski.
The Orioles' pitching has been solid so far this season, with a team ERA of 5.26. Their starting rotation has been a bright spot, with two quality starts in their first nine games. John Means has been particularly effective, with a 1.52 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 17.2 innings pitched. The bullpen has also been solid, with a combined ERA of 4.50.
The Orioles' offense has been more effective than the Athletics', with a team average of .239 and 12 home runs. Adley Rutschman has been a standout performer, with a batting average of .389 and a 1.165 OPS in his first nine games in the majors. Trey Mancini and Cedric Mullins have also been productive at the plate, with a combined 6 home runs and 17 RBIs. However, their offense has been inconsistent and has struggled to score runs in some games.
The Orioles have a few players on the injured list, including relief pitcher Mychal Givens and starting pitcher John Means. Bruce Zimmermann is also listed as day-to-day, and starting pitcher Kyle Bradish is on the 15-day injured list.
Based on the team stats, injury reports, and probable pitchers, the Orioles are in a better position to win this game. Their batting has been more effective, and Rutschman is currently one of the best hitters in the league. Additionally, Gibson has had a solid start to the season and has a better ERA and WHIP than Sears. The Athletics are also dealing with several injuries, including to some key players. Given these factors, we predict that the Orioles will win this game, potentially with a score of 5-3.
Pick: Orioles -1.5