The Baltimore Orioles end a long - and largely unsuccessful - stretch against American League West teams when they host the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday in the finale of a three-game series. With Tuesday’s 6-4 loss to the Athletics, the Orioles are 6-9 in the span of contests with Oakland, Seattle and the Los Angeles Angels.
Baltimore has dropped five of the last seven to sink 4 1/2 games back in the race for the second wild card in the AL. Manny Machado homered for the Orioles in the loss and he’s gone deep six times in his last nine games, while Athletics’ designated hitter Ryon Healy slugged a pair Tuesday to snap an 11-game homerless drought. Jed Lowrie also left the yard for the second straight night and Khris Davis added a solo shot as Oakland improved to 130-129 all-time at Baltimore since moving to the Bay Area in 1968. The A’s are shuffling their rotation to give some of their arms more rest and will recall Daniel Gossett to start the finale opposite Dylan Bundy.
TV: 3:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, MASN (Baltimore)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics RH Daniel Gossett (3-6, 5.17 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Dylan Bundy (12-8, 4.17)
Gossett’s last appearance in the majors was a gem, as he tossed seven innings of one-run ball in a win at San Francisco on Aug. 2. He followed that up with three outings for Triple-A Nashville, allowing two runs in six frames in each of his last two. The 24-year-old Clemson product, who is 3-3 with a 4.83 ERA on the road, will be facing Baltimore for the first time.
Bundy’s recent hot stretch was interrupted when he was skipped a turn to help limit his workload, but he enters this one with four straight wins and an ERA of 3.62 over a span of five starts. He struck out 10 in each of his last two outings, including one in Oakland in which he allowed three runs in six innings of a 12-5 win. That was the only start that the 24-year-old has made against the Athletics.
1. Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop had two RBIs on Tuesday and boasts 93 on the season, one shy of the franchise record for a second baseman (Roberto Alomar, 1996).
2. Athletics RHP Blake Treinen got the last four outs Tuesday for his fifth save and owns a 2.21 ERA in 18 games with the club after posting a 5.37 mark in 37 games for Washington.
3. Oakland has at least two home runs in each of its last four games versus Baltimore.
PREDICTION: Orioles 7, Athletics 4