Baltimore (Miley) -130 at Oakland (Neal) O/U 8.5
Oakland's pitching staff just lost two more arms as Sonny Gray and Jesse Hahn were added to the DL. As a result, the A's are forced to comb the depths of their farm system for viable options. Tonight's starter, Zach Neal, barely has bullpen quality stuff let alone enough to navigate a MLB lineup multiple times. He started one game back in late May and was torched for seven runs over four innings. His strikeout numbers are alarmingly low, even at the Minor League level. This year alone at Triple-A and Oakland, Neal is averaging less than half a strikeout per inning. Wade Miley doesn't command much respect in the betting markets and rightfully so given his season-long stats. Home runs have been his biggest bugaboo with 19 allowed over 117 innings. But Miley hasn't been that bad of late with a 4.13 ERA over his last nine starts. He walks into a decent situation tonight with a favorable ballpark and opposing lineup. There aren't too many situations where I'm looking to support an average starter like Miley as road chalk but Neal's resume suggests he's not even worthy of the tag "fringe arm." Orioles are the play tonight.