Results: L, -$210Analysis: 966 Oakland at
to sweep the New York Yankees, the Oakland A's will take a trip
down the East Coast to Baltimore to battle the Orioles. A couple of
southpaws will square off in the series opener as Tommy Milone will
take on Wei-Yin Chen. Milone could be in line for a rocky outing in
this one. In his three years with the Oakland A's, Milone has a
career 2.84 ERA at home and a 4.87 ERA on the road. Milone is a fly
ball pitcher whose skill set is definitely more beneficial at home.
With the exception of this season so far, Camden Yards has been in
the top 10 in home run park factor every year since 2010.
is a pitcher that should be in line for some improvement in his
traditional numbers. The Orioles are 7-4 in Chen's 11 starts and he
has a 4.26 ERA to go along with a 3.57 FIP, a 3.47 xFIP, and a 3.72
SIERA. Chen has had a lot of bad luck on batted balls this season
with a .333 BABIP against. He has made some interesting changes to
his repertoire, especially increasing the use of two-seamers and
breaking balls. Those changes have led to a lower walk rate and
more ground balls.
Chen is the
kind of pitcher that will force the A's to put the ball in play and
that's not the style of game that they want to play. In games where
the A's have drawn four or fewer walks, they are 18-17. That makes
them 19-6 when they draw five or more walks. Chen has walked just
11 batters in 63.1 innings of work. His BB% ranks 10th among
qualified starting pitchers with guys like Price, Tanaka, Lee, and
Colon ahead of him.
have the league's best wRC+ away from home at 114 and that's a
rather surprising development given their success offensively at
home over the last few years. Their road success should begin to
translate at home and a matchup with a guy that struggles on the
road could be the elixir that they need.
Pick Made: Jun 6 2014 4:44AM PST