Baltimore Orioles vs Oakland Athletics MLB Pick – May 2

The MLB is set up with a great slate of baseball throughout Sunday. Fifteen games are up on the board throughout May 2. One of these matchups will be between the Baltimore Orioles and the Oakland Athletics. These two teams will look for a big win in this one as they finish their series. This game will throw the first pitch at around 4:00 PM Eastern time.

Baltimore has earned a record of 13-14 throughout this season, which has them sitting in third place of the AL East. The Orioles are three and a half games behind the top seeded Red Sox. Baltimore has won three games in a row and will look to keep it going in this one. The Orioles are looking to get back to .500 with a big win in this one.

The Athletics have put up a record of 16-12 to this point in the season, which has them in the top spot of the AL West. Oakland is only half a game up on the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. The Athletics have lost back to back games and four of their last five. Oakland will look to bounce back with a big win on Sunday afternoon.

These two teams have been solid so far this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Orioles have been on a roll as of late, while Oakland has struggled. The Athletics have a slight lead in the division and will need to get going quickly in this one if they want to keep that lead. Baltimore will look to pull off the sweep though with a win in this matchup.

Previous Matchups

The Orioles and the Athletics have met up five times so far this season. Baltimore hosted the first three games of the season series. Oakland rode a two run second inning in the first game to a 3-1 win. Jed Lowrie had three RBI’s in the second game as the Athletics won 7-2. Austin Hays had three RBI’s in the third game to help the Orioles bounce back with an 8-1 win.

Oakland hosted the fourth game of the season series on April 30. Sean Murphy and Mitch Moreland each had a home run for the Athletics, but it was not enough. Cedric Mullins had a two run shot for Baltimore, while Austin Hays had a homer of his own. John Means pitched seven innings allowing three hits and two runs as Baltimore earned a 3-2 win.

The most recent game of the season series was on May 1 in Oakland. Baltimore a strong third inning with six runs on the afternoon. The Orioles added two runs in the sixth inning to go up 8-0. The Athletics added four runs down the stretch, but it was not enough. Baltimore held on for a big 8-4 win on the road in this one.

The Orioles have won three games in a row against Oakland and will look to keep it up in this one. The Athletics were able to win back to back games against Baltimore earlier in the season and will need to have a faster start in this one. Oakland had to try and come from behind on Saturday afternoon and will look to get the faster start in this one.

Batting

Baltimore has not been great hitting throughout this season. The Orioles have scored 102 runs this season, while earning 26 home runs. Trey Marcini has 18 RBI’s and 5 homers on the season to lead Baltimore. Maikel Franco has 17 RBI’s and 3 home runs as well. The Orioles will look for some players to step up batting in this one.

The Athletics have been quite a bit better hitting so far this season. Oakland has earned 115 runs so far this season with 35 homers. Matt Olson and Jed Lowrie both have 17 RBI’s on the season. Olson has 6 home runs, while Lowrie has 3. Matt Chapman and Mitch Moreland have 13 and 11 RBI’s respectively as well this season.

These two teams have been solid hitting the ball. Oakland has the edge in that category though. The Athletics have been stronger batting and will look for that to give them the edge in this one. Oakland might still be without Matt Olson after he missed the last two games. The Athletics will look for some players to step up early though as they try to avoid falling down big.

Pitching Preview

Bruce Zimmermann will likely get the start on the mound for Baltimore in this one. Zimmermann has started five times this season, going 1-3. He has earned an ERA of 5.33 and a 1.579 WHIP on the season. Zimmermann’s last start was against the New York Yankees. He pitched 3.2 innings allowing nine hits and four runs in the loss.

I expect Sean Manaea to get the start for the Athletics on Sunday afternoon. Manaea has earned a record of 3-1 throughout his 5 starts this season. He has posted a 2.83 ERA and a WHIP of 1.186 in those starts. Manaea pitched 5 innings in his last start, allowing four hits and one run against the Tampa Bay Rays in the winning effort.

These two pitchers have put up opposite starts to the season. Oakland has the edge with Manaea getting the start on the mound. Zimmermann has not had an ideal start to the season and will look to bounce back in this one. Manaea has been solid winning his last three outings. The Athletics will need another strong start from him as they look to avoid the sweep.

Pick Overview

Baltimore has dominated the first two games of this series, despite the Athletics having the stronger start to the season. Oakland has struggled quite a bit in their last stretch of games, but I think they can bounce back in this one. If the A’s can get another strong start on the mound from Manaea, I think they will grab the win at home in this one.

BetOnline has Oakland listed as a -182 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Athletics will win this game around 64.5 percent of the time. I agree with this line as Oakland is going to come out hungry after Saturday’s loss. There is not a lot of value in this line though. The Athletics are also listed at -1 ½ at +103, which I think they will cover with a strong win in this one.

Oakland Athletics -1.5
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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