Preview: Orioles at Athletics

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GAME: Baltimore Orioles (52-43) at Oakland Athletics (60-36)
DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 19 - 9:05 PM EST
WHERE: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
LINE: N/A TOTAL: N/A


The Oakland Athletics try to extend their season-high home winning streak to eight games when they meet the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday in the middle contest of a three-game series. It appeared Oakland's run would come to an end Friday when nemesis Manny Machado hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to give Baltimore the lead, but Josh Donaldson's three-run homer in the ninth gave the Athletics a 5-4 victory and their 12th victory in 13 games at O.co Coliseum. Machado was playing his first game against Oakland since a bat-throwing incident involving Donaldson on June 8 brought a five-game suspension and the ire of the Athletics.

"I enjoy those moments," Donaldson told reporters after belting his 21st home run and helping Oakland maintain their lead of 1 1/2 games over the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West. The Orioles lead the AL East by four games over Toronto and the New York Yankees. Baltimore's Wei-Yin Chen has never lost to Oakland in four outings (3-0) and opposes former Oriole Jason Hammel, who makes his second start since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs.

TV: 9:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, MASN2 (Baltimore), CSN California (Oakland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Orioles LH Wei-Yin Chen (9-3, 4.15 ERA) vs. Athletics RH Jason Hammel (0-1, 3.60)

Chen won his second straight start after allowing three runs and eight hits while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings of Baltimore's 4-3 victory over Washington on July 10. The Taiwan native, who turns 29 on Monday, has lost once in his last 12 turns (6-1) and is 4-1 with a 4.58 ERA in seven road outings this season. Chen, who received a no-decision after permitting two runs in 6 1/3 innings of the Orioles' 4-3 loss to Oakland on June 6, has yielded eight home runs in his last five starts.

Hammel, who was 15-14 with a 4.27 ERA in two seasons with Baltimore, allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings of a 5-2 loss at San Francisco on July 9 in his Oakland debut. "(It) was a grind and they grinded me pretty good,'' the 31-year-old South Carolina native told reporters. Hammel, who is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five appearances (two starts) in Oakland, is 0-4 with a 6.68 ERA in eight games (six starts) against Baltimore, but hasn't faced his former team since 2008.

WALK-OFFS

1. Oakland, which is 40-16 in its last 56 home games against the Orioles, has not used a rookie in 2014, the longest stretch to start a season without one since Baltimore in 1971, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

2. In 34 games since June 9, Baltimore's rotation has posted a 3.17 ERA, lowering the starters' ERA from 4.61 to 4.07 for the season.

3. The Athletics are 9-3 in their last 12 games decided by two runs or fewer after starting the season 12-17 in such contests.

PREDICTION: Athletics 3, Orioles 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Baltimore 52-43 L1 26-23 26-20 26-18 9-14 11-7 6-4
Oakland 60-36 W2 31-15 29-21 17-10 11-8 22-16 10-2

Last Meeting

Baltimore Oakland
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/18/14 BAL 4 OAK 5 .233 2 .757 .226 2 .702

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
BAL J. Hardy .357 5 .866
OAK Y. Cespedes .333 6 .722
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
BAL M. Machado 2 2 3
OAK D. Norris 2 4 2
Pitching ERA Avg K
BAL 5.35 .246 33
OAK 3.41 .241 31
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
BAL A. Jones .299 116 .806
OAK C. Crisp .292 75 .836
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
BAL N. Cruz 28 56 74
OAK J. Donaldson 21 62 68
Pitching ERA Avg K
BAL 3.86 .265 649
OAK 3.09 .251 732

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Baltimore Overall Oakland
52-43 W/L 60-36
52-43 RL W/L 52-44
43-50-2 O/U 45-45-6
4.31 Runs For 4.91
4.04 Runs Against 3.39
Baltimore A/H Oakland
26-20 W/L 31-15
33-13 RL W/L 24-22
28-18-0 O/U 23-22-1
5.13 Runs For 4.93
4.22 Runs Against 3.17