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How To Bet On Orioles Athletics – Orioles And Athletics Tangle With Much At Stake

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 9/9/2012 6:17:05 PM

The Baltimore Orioles and the Oakland Athletics are involved in two races at the same time. They're both fighting for division championships, but they're also chasing the wild card spot.

Baltimore Orioles @ Oakland Athletics – Friday, September 14    
Betting line: No line

Why Baltimore Will Win

While some people focus on NFL betting, the push for baseball's postseason is heating up, and right now, it's hard to find a much more attractive or intriguing matchup than the one between Baltimore and Oakland. The starting pitchers have not been announced for this game, casting another cloud of uncertainty over the proceedings, but however this battle unfolds, the chances are high that the duel will be very entertaining.

Baltimore and Oakland are both rapidly approaching a milestone that separates really good teams from decent or mediocre ones. The O's and the A's are nearing the 20-games-over-the-.500-mark plateau. If you win at least 20 more games than you lose in a full baseball season, that means you've eclipsed 90 wins, the sign of a next-level club. Baltimore is an increasingly likely member of the 91-win club (91-71 is the 20-over goal at the end of the season) because it is breathing confidence right now. The Orioles are laying waste to inferior teams, clubbing the Toronto Blue Jays to the tune of an aggregate 19-0 score in back-to-back shutouts.

Their pitchers are remaining focused, and the dugout is infused with energy as opposed to the fatigue that wears down the pretenders in Major League Baseball. Manager Buck Showalter has pushed all the right buttons for a team that has lost fewer than nine one-run games this season. If this game is tight in the late innings, which it might very well be, it will be hard to go against the Orioles.

Why Oakland Will Win

You don't have to be an mma betting expert to realize that the Oakland Athletics are overachieving just as much as the Orioles are. Few pundits expected much of anything from the A's this year in the American League West, a division that was supposed to be ruled by the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels. The Athletics have changed the equation with a young corps of quality starting pitchers.

Their batting order doesn't have a lot of big names, but the lineup written on the card by manager Bob Melvin is relentless and persistent, banging out enough clutch hits to get the job done. Oakland is in many ways a mirror image of the Baltimore team it will face this weekend. Playing at home before what is expected to be a revved-up crowd, the Athletics should be able to feed off the energy of the environment and use that electricity to their advantage.

Every little jolt of energy matters at this time of the year, and with Baltimore making a long plane flight to the West Coast one day after playing a home game, Oakland is likely to be the fresher team.

Who Will Win

It’s hard to look past the factor that travel could play in this game. Baltimore will play on Friday without an off day on Thursday. The cross-country flight will leave the Orioles groggy for this contest. It's Oakland's game to lose.

MLB Baseball Betting Pick: Oakland

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