MLB Picks: April 26th 2013
Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics
Prediction: Baltimore +113 odds
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After a great start to the season, the A’s have stumbled. They started 12-4, which included a nine-game winning streak, but they are just 1-6 over their last seven games including a 10-2 blowout loss last night to open this series.
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Four of the losses have come by three or more runs and despite the one victory being 13-0, Oakland has been outscored by 12 runs overall during this stretch. The A’s are hoping Tom Milone can turn things around but I’m not counting on it. He has a 4.26 ERA through four starts including a poor effort at Tampa Bay last time out, allowing six runs, four earned, on eight hits in 6.2 innings. He has tossed two quality starts are home, posting a 2.63 ERA in the process but those games were against Seattle and Houston and he takes a big step up in class here. Baltimore is off to a 13-9 start including wins in three of its last four and six of its last eight games. The Orioles are 6-4 on the road and the offense has been leading the way. Baltimore is averaging 6.0 rpg during this eight-game stretch and it is hitting .309 against left-handed pitching on the road. It may not even need a great effort tonight behind Wei-Yin Chen who is off to a great start this year following a solid 2012 campaign. He has a 3.38 ERA and 1.17 WHIP through four starts with three of those being quality outings. The one non-quality effort missed by just a third of an inning at Tampa Bay and his last three gems have come against the Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers. He faced Oakland twice last season and won both games while posting a 0.71 ERA over 12.2 innings. Play (975) Baltimore Orioles