The Baltimore Orioles who are fresh off taking two of three from the Blue Jays now turn their attention to the AL West leading Oakland A's as they come in for a three game weekend set. The O's enter the battle of division leaders with a 41-25 record on the year, 1.5 on the Yankees who are faltering right now. The Yankees have lost 8 in a row. The Orioles on the other hand have won 6 of 10 to over take the Yankees for first place in the East.
The Oakland A's enter the series with a 44-22 record on the year, winners of 4 in a row and 8 of their last 10. The Oakland A's are fresh off sweeping the New York Yankees in Yankee stadium and outscored them 23-13 during the series. The A's like the Orioles played extra innings in yesterday's game. The A's game went 16 innings before the A's scored the winning run in the 16th. The A's offensively have received a balanced contributions from their hitters as Danny Valencia leads the team in batting at .309 and seven of the nine regulars are hitting over .260. The A's also have 4 hitters who have hit over 12 homers and driven in over 35 runs. Six of the nine regulars have driven in over 30 including Khris Davis who has driven in 52 good for second best in the majors. The A's have also been the beneficiaries of great starting pitching as Henderson Alvarez, Sonny Gray, and Kris Medlen are all pitching ERAs under 2.35. They have also gotten solid starting pitching from the crafty veteran Jared Weaver who is 9-3 with a 4.27 ERA.
The Orioles and A's both look to get after the starters early and often with both teams coming off long extra inning games. Here are the starters for the huge three game set:
Game 1: Chris Tillman (8-4, 2.32 ERA) vs Jesse Hahn (2-4, 4.61 ERA)
Game 2: Dylan Bundy (7-3, 2.98 ERA) vs Henderson Alvarez (10-2, 1.70 ERA)
Game 3: Shohei Otani (9-3, 1.97 ERA) vs Kris Medlen (7-3, 2.35 ERA)