MLB Picks: Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IApril 25, 2013

MLB Picks: Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics

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    The Baltimore Orioles are 24-5 following a loss dating back to last season, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks Thursday, as they open up a four-game series against the Oakland Athletics at the Coliseum.

    Sports bettors will find that the Orioles are +115 road underdogs in the pro baseball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 8 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this American League matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

Baltimore Orioles

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    The Baltimore Orioles finished their nine-game homestand with a 6-3 record, but suffered a 6-5 setback to the Toronto Blue Jays as +118 underdogs Wednesday.

    Orioles starting pitcher Jason Hammel is 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA in two road starts during the 2013 campaign.

Oakland Athletics

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    The Oakland Athletics return home after dropping five of six games on the road, including a 6-5 defeat to the Boston Red Sox as +142 underdogs Wednesday.

    Athletics starting pitcher Jarrod Parker is 0-2 with a 12.96 ERA in two home starts this season.


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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Baltimore Orioles in the first five innings Thursday night, as they've won five of seven series openers this season.

    MLB Pick: Baltimore Orioles First Five Innings +115


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