The Baltimore Orioles are in the midst of a ten game west coast road trip that has the O's playing three of the best teams in the American League. Baltimore will look to get back on track tonight against the Los Angeles Angels after beginning the road trip by dropping two of three to the Oakland A's.
The A's and Orioles split the first two games of their three game set, with Oakland actually stealing one in game as they scored three runs off of Orioles closer Zach Britton in the bottom of the ninth. The A's dominated game three to secure the series win as Baltimore's pitching was not missing any bats and the Orioles offense was dominated by A's pitcher Sonny Gray and company.
Now the Birds have flown south and will open a three game set vs the Angels tonight. Here are the pitching matchups for the three game set:
- Tonight – Bud Norris (7-6, 3.96 ERA) vs Matt Shoemaker (7-2, 4.38 ERA)
- Tuesday – Miguel Gonzalez (4-5, 4.04 ERA) vs Hector Santiago (2-7, 4.32 ERA)
- Wednesday – Chris Tillman (7-5, 4.03 ERA) vs Jered Weaver (10-6, 3.43 ERA)
Baltimore would appear to have a couple favorable matchups in the three game series and if they can come away with two of three, that would put them at .500 on their road trip with four games to play against the Seattle Mariners remaining.
The O's and Angels sport two of the best offenses in baseball and both pitching staffs will be in for quite a battle over the next three games. Baltimore currently ranks fourth in MLB in batting average, tied for first in home runs, fifth in OPS, ninth in runs, and fourth in hits. Pretty good right?
Well the Angels bring their bats to the plate as well as L.A. ranks third in MLB in batting average, fifth in home runs, third in OPS, first in runs, and second in hits. You read all that correctly, no team has scored more runs this season than the Angeles and only the Colorado Rockies have more hits than the Angels lineup does in 2014.
Just like the Orioles, the Angels have a pitching staff that is not the greatest in the league, but it is not the worst either, and they do lean more towards the top of the pack as opposed to the back of the pack in several categories. L.A. ranks 15th in MLB in ERA, ninth in WHIP, tenth in home runs allowed, and fifth in opponents batting average.
The Orioles have had much better pitching since the beginning of June, so they are pitching better than those numbers for the most part right now, but they will have their hands full with this potent Angels lineup.
It would do a lot for the Orioles psyche if they could take two of three from the Angels before heading to the pacific northwest for four against the Mariners.
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