The Oakland Athletics and Baltimore Orioles will meet for the third game of their three-game series at Camden Yards. The Athletics were toying with the Orioles yesterday, as they smacked them around for a 10-0 final. There hasn’t been much effort from the O’s lately, as they took their six loss in a row yesterday. They’ve gone 1-10 in their previous eleven games, with the only win coming against the Mariners on September 4th.
Dating back to August 19th, the O’s have gone 4-18. The season was finished before they traded Manny Machado, but him going to the Dodgers was the cherry on top. It was the end of an era in Baltimore, which didn’t really materialize into much. Machado wasn’t staying in Baltimore anyway, so it was a move that had to be made. Adam Jones did stick around in Baltimore to go down with the sinking ship. At least he doesn’t have to face the kind of pressure Machado is in Los Angeles, I guess. Jones recently got benched for an entire three-game series which didn’t sit too well with him, though.
The Athletics keep on moving forward despite getting hit with injuries to their starting rotation. Brett Anderson briefly went on the DL towards the end of August, but he will make his return tonight against the Orioles. He’s been out of the rotation for around two weeks after the Astros hammered him for 7 runs.
Something wasn’t right with in that game and sure enough he had to sit down. He threw 45 pitches in a simulated game and felt no setbacks. Because of the injuries to the pitching staff, the Athletics borrowed a play out of the Rays’ playbook by going to relievers after the 1st or 2nd inning. It’s worked out extremely well for them, so it’s not all doom and gloom if Anderson comes up with a bum shoulder early. The Orioles will turn to Dylan Bundy to try and stop the bleeding. Bundy has been hemorrhaging recently so we’ll see. Head below for our free Athletics vs. Orioles pick.
Oakland Athletics vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick
Brett Anderson (3-4, 4.02 ERA) vs. Dylan Bundy (7-14, 5.58 ERA)
Brett Anderson was rolling before he met the Astros. He hadn’t allowed a run in three out of his previous four starts and just 2 runs in total. Through those four games, he allowed an average of only 3 hits per game as well. So, if he can get back to pitching like that, the A’s are going to have a weapon in October. They are currently 3 games behind the ‘Stros for 1st in the NL West, but they have a massive 8.5-game lead for the final wildcard. Statistically they haven’t locked that spot in yet, but it’s pretty well done at this point. They are a game behind the Yankees for homefield in the play-in game.
The Orioles have made 41 at-bats against Anderson and it’s gone horribly. They are hitting just .195 with no long balls against Anderson. The O’s haven’t been hitting anyone lately, with an average of just 2.5 runs scored per game in their last ten contests. They’ll also have to deal with a bullpen that has been dealing for the Athletics. September and October comes down to which bullpen doesn’t suck the most, and the A’s pen actually isn’t a liability. They are 3rd in the majors with an ERA of 3.26, just 0.1 behind the Yankees for 2nd.
Dylan Bundy might have to carry the load for the Orioles in this matchup. However, there hasn’t been any indications that he will be able to do that. Bundy has gotten torched, allowing 34 runs in his last six starts, which amounts to 28.2 innings of work. I shouldn’t say work, because he hasn’t been doing much work for the Orioles. In his previous seven starts, Bundy boasts an ERA of 9.09 with a 1.96 WHIP. He hasn’t shown any signs of improvement either, as he’s posted an 8.16 ERA in his last three outings. I’d look for the Athletics to take care of the Orioles again on Thursday.