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MLB Odds: A's Visit O's Looking for W

by: Staff Writer - posted on: 11-Sep-2018

The Oakland Athletics (87-57, plus-36.23 units) will almost certainly make the playoffs this year. But they're still trying to chase down the AL West title, or failing that, the No. 1 AL Wild Card berth. That should give Oakland plenty of motivation heading into Thursday's matchup with the last-place Baltimore Orioles (41-102, minus-52.14 units), beginning at 7:05 PM ET on the MLB Network.

Oakland's starting rotation has suffered multiple injuries over the past two weeks, so they're not sure at press time who's going to start Thursday. But the Orioles have already pencilled in Dylan Bundy (5.58 ERA), one of this year's least profitable pitchers at minus-11.75 units. Baltimore is just 8-19 behind the fourth-overall pick from the 2011 Draft; Bundy still has some promise despite going under the knife in 2013, but he's an extreme flyball pitcher (47.0%) in an era where hitters are already trying their best to go yard.

While Bundy has yet to face the A's this year, current Oakland batters have a combined .766 lifetime OPS off the Oklahoma native, going 9-for-38 with three doubles and a pair of home runs. LF Khris Davis is 3-for-7 with a double and a dinger.