Oakland Athletics vs Baltimore Orioles MLB Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/2/21

The Baltimore Orioles and the Oakland A’s meet in MLB action from the RingCentral Coliseum on Sunday.

The Baltimore Orioles will look to build on an 8-4 win over Oakland in their last game. Cedric Mullins leads the O’s with a .337 batting average, a .397 OBP and 35 hits with 9 doubles while Trey Mancini leads the Orioles with 5 home runs and 18 RBIs and Maikel Franco has 17 RBIs as well this season. Ryan Mountcastle has the dubious distinction of leading Baltimore with 30 strikeouts this season. Bruce Zimmermann is expected to start here for Baltimore and is 1-3 with a 5.33 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. This will be Zimmermann’s first career start against Oakland.

The Oakland A’s will look to bounce back after another frustrating performance against Baltimore on Saturday. Matt Olson has a .296 batting average and 6 home runs with a share of the team lead with 17 RBIs while Jed Lowrie has 17 RBIs as well. Mark Canha leads the A’s with a .388 OBP and 25 hits while Ramon Laureano and Matt Chapman each have a pair of triples and Lowrie has a team-high 6 doubles this season. Sean Manaea is expected to start here and is 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. This will be Manaea’s second career start against Baltimore.

Baltimore is 70-149 in their last 219 road games and 23-55 in their last 78 games against the AL West while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games as an underdog. Oakland is 8-2 in their last 10 home games and 16-6 in their last 22 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. The over is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams.

I get the case that could be made for the O’s as an underdog, but the luster of Zimmermann as a rookie is wearing off as he’s lost three straight starts. Oakland stumbled again on Saturday, but I think Manaea gives the A’s a chance to get back in the win column on Sunday. Give me Oakland here.

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