Chicago (Humber) -120 at Baltimore (Hunter) O/U 8.5
Baltimore’s Tommy Hunter won 13 games for the Rangers last year, but he was a non-factor in limited time out of the bullpen this year and Texas was more than willing to dump him at the trading deadline. Hunter got absolutely lit up in his first start for Baltimore
; pulled after four ineffective innings in Toronto. There’s no reason to expect this start to be any better.
The Orioles are really struggling these days, headed for another last place finish – just we’re they’ve been in every recent season. They’ve won only one game in five tries on their current homestand; just 3-11 at any venue over the last two weeks and 7-16 in their last 23 at Camden Yards. A team that has gone 0-10-2 in their last dozen series is an easy team to fade in this price range!
Meanwhile, the Pale Hose are surging, winners of five straight on this road trip. The -Chicago White Sox-, like the Orioles, don’t have much of a home field edge, but Chicago has been cashing tickets in bunches on the highway, ranked with the Mets, Marlins, D-backs and Pirates among the most profitable teams to support in hostile venues.
Philip Humber held the Orioles offense to three hits in seven innings of work against them earlier this season and he appears quite capable of coming through with another shutdown effort here. And the surging ChiSox are an undervalued team in the current betting marketplace. Third baseman Brent Morel: “We’ve kind of just been waiting for this all year, really. We have a lot of potential…knowing that we have a little time left to make a push.”