The Oakland Athletics tacked on another loss to the Orioles loss column on Friday night. The A’s secured a 6-4 win behind a 4-run 1st inning. Oakland likely aren’t going to be a postseason team this season, but they’ve been giving a fairly solid effort with the team that they have. They look pretty smart getting rid of Sonny Gray at the moment. Gray has been getting torched in the Bronx, while the A’s were able to get something in return when he was still pitching well in Oakland. Like I said a year ago, the Athletics weren’t going anywhere with or without him, so they may as well send him packing when they can get something reasonable for him.
With the win last night, the Athletics advanced to .500 on the year at 16-16. Note that they last in the American League West last season with a record of 75-87. The A’s actually came on stronger once Gray was gone to the Yankees. They finished the year off relatively well, including seven straight wins in September. There may not be any correlation between Gray leaving the ball club and the wins starting to come. However, the fact that the A’s traded him could have sent a message to others on the roster. Oakland didn’t mail it in, which would have been an easy route to take. The A’s will send Trevor Cahill to the mound on Saturday, as he looks to improve on what has been a pretty solid year thus far. Get our free Orioles vs. Athletics pick below.
Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics Pick
Kevin Gausman (2-2, 4.15 ERA) vs. Trevor Cahill (1-1, 3.00 ERA)
Kevin Gausman will get the start for the O’s. It’s been a decent year for him so far. Nothing too crazy as he hasn’t deviated far from his career average. Gausman has been on point of late with an ERA of 2.29 and 1.12 WHIP in his last three outings. He hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs since April 11th against the Blue Jays. In four of his last six games, he’s surrendered 2 or less runs.
It’s been a nice run for Gausman, who hasn’t been the most consistent of players in the past. His numbers have been relatively average, but to get there, it’s been a bumpy up and down ride. Gausman is certainly capable of going on these nice runs, and then give it all back over the course of two or three games.
The Orioles have lost four games and are 2-8 in their last ten games. As a team, the pitching staff has been getting torched lately, with 18 runs allowed in the last three games. In five of their ten games, they’ve allowed at least 8 runs. Cahill has been looking good for the A’s thus far, as he looks to build on his 3.00 ERA. He’s also been perfect at home across 7 innings, with no runs allowed and a 1.00 WHIP.
He gets an Orioles team who are just 3-14 on the road in 2018, and are averaging only 3.55 runs per game, 28th in the majors. Jace Peterson and Danny Valencia are the only two Oriole hitters to face him. Peterson is a spot starter, batting .192 and Valencia has been struggling with a batting average of .212. The others have never seen Cahill’s stuff, even Adam Jones which is hard to believe they don’t even have one at-bat against each other. Saturday night is shaping up to be a play on the Athletics at home in Oakland.