Orioles at Angels Series Preview

Sports and Bets — August 7, 2015 at 8:17 pm by

The next stop on the Birds’ West Coast road trip is a big three-game series with the Angels. Currently, the O’s are a half game behind Toronto for the 2nd Wild Card spot and two games behind the Halos for the top Wild Card spot in the AL. Sounds like a perfect time for a sweep to me, babes. Stay hot, Crush!

The Breakdown
Baltimore Orioles (55-52) at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (57-50)
Season Series: L.A. leads 2-1
Last 10 Games: Baltimore’s 7-3, L.A.’s 3-7
Runs: Baltimore’s 9th, L.A.’s 15th
Home Runs: Baltimore’s 4th, L.A.’s 8th
Batting Average: Baltimore’s 11th, L.A.’s 24th
On-Base Percentage: Baltimore’s 20th, L.A.’s 21st
Team ERA: Baltimore’s 13th, L.A.’s 10th
Starter ERA: Baltimore’s 21st, L.A.’s 8th
Bullpen ERA: Baltimore’s 4th, L.A.’s 17th
Fewest Errors Made: Baltimore’s 1st, L.A.’s tied for 8th

Baltimore’s Injury Report
P Chris Tillman: day-to-day (left ankle; could start Sunday)
P Mike Wright: 15-day DL (left calf)
OF Steve Pearce: 15-day DL (left oblique)

L.A.’s Injury Report
P Tyler Skaggs: 60-day DL (Tommy John surgery; out for season)
P Jered Weaver: 15-day DL (left hip; could start Sunday)
P C.J. Wilson: 15-day DL (left elbow)
INF David Freese: 15-day DL (right index finger)
OF Collin Cowgill: 60-day DL (right wrist)
OF Matt Joyce: 7-day DL (concussion)

Friday, August 7 at 10:05 p.m. on MASN 2 & MLBN
RHP Kevin Gausman (2-2) vs. LHP Andrew Heaney (5-1)
Gausman’s 2015: 14 G, 6 GS, 47.2 IP, 40 Ks, 3.97 ERA, 1.13 WHIP
Gausman’s Last Three Starts: 1-1, 20.2 IP, 15 Ks, 2.61 ERA, 0.92 WHIP
Heaney’s 2015: 7 GS, 45.2 IP, 34 Ks, 1.97 ERA, 0.90 WHIP
Heaney’s Last Three Starts: 2-1, 18.1 IP, 11 Ks, 2.95 ERA, 0.98 WHIP

After some trials and tribulations, Gausman looks to be finding his 2014 form. The young fireballer has been lights out over his last two starts, going 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 0.75 WHIP while striking out 11 batters over 14.2 innings. Gausman will look to keep the good times rolling in his second career start against the Angels. In his first career start against Los Angeles, he earned the win after holding them to three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out two over seven innings.

Heaney has been sensational since getting called up by the Angels on June 24, holding the opposition to two runs or fewer in all seven of his starts. The Halos acquired Heaney over the winter in a three-team trade with the Dodgers and Marlins, and they have to love their early returns. The 24-year-old southpaw was a 1st round pick in 2012, and it looks like he’s starting to deliver on his massive potential. Heaney throws a sinking, low 90s fastball, a slider, and a changeup. This will be his first time facing the Orioles or any of their hitters.

Good News: Shane Victorino is 1-for-8, Erick Aybar is 0-for-3, Albert Pujols is 0-for-3, Mike Trout is 0-for-3, C.J. Cron is 0-for-2, Conor Gillaspie is 0-for-1, and David Murphy is 0-for-1 off Gausman. The O’s are 15-10 against left-handed starters this season.

Bad News: David DeJesus is 2-for-7, Kole Calhoun is 1-for-3, and Chris Iannetta is 1-for-2 off Gausman. This season, the Birds are 23-32 on the road, while the Angels are 34-22 at home.

Saturday, August 8 at 9:05 p.m. on MASN 2 & MLBN
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (8-7) vs. RHP Garrett Richards (11-8)
Jimenez’s 2015: 21 GS, 118 IP, 110 Ks, 4.04 ERA, 1.34 WHIP
Jimenez’s Last Three Starts: 1-2, 14 IP, 7 Ks, 9.64 ERA, 1.79 WHIP
Richards’ 2015: 20 GS, 130 IP, 102 Ks, 3.46 ERA, 1.18 WHIP
Richards’ Last Three Starts: 1-2, 21.2 IP, 19 Ks, 4.57 ERA, 1.06 WHIP

2014 Jimenez reared its ugly head in his last outing, as the righty was pounded by the Tigers. Jimenez took the loss after giving up six runs on six hits and a walk while striking out two batters over 4.2 innings. Jimenez has been a train wreck in the second half of the season, going 1-3 in four starts with a 10.61 ERA and 1.71 WHIP. Getting back on track won’t be an easy task for Jimenez, as the Angels have had his number over the years. In five career starts against Los Angeles, Jimenez is 0-5 with a 5.34 ERA and 1.44 WHIP, and he’s struck out 24 batters over 32 innings.

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The hard-throwing Richards has gotten off to an excellent start in the second half, going 2-2 in four starts with a 3.23 ERA and 0.85 WHIP while striking out 25 batters over 30.2 innings. Richards is a groundball pitcher, who throws in the mid 90s with a slider, a cutter, and the occasional curveball. His slider is his best pitch, and he’s been throwing it 31.8% of the time this season. Sometimes, the 27-year-old gets into trouble due to his stuff being too nasty. Last season, he led all of baseball with 22 wild pitches, and this season, his 11 wild pitches are tied for 2nd. In seven career appearances (three starts) against the Birds, Richards is 0-3 with a 5.70 ERA and 1.39 WHIP, and he’s struck out 15 batters over 23.2 innings. This season, Richards was a hard-luck loser in his first start against the O’s. He surrendered two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven batters over 7.2 innings.

Good News: Adam Jones is 4-for-11 with a HR, Ryan Flaherty is 4-for-7 with a HR, Manny Machado is 2-for-7, and Matt Wieters is 3-for-5 with a HR off Richards. Murphy is 3-for-18, Johnny Giavotella is 2-for-9, DeJesus is 1-for-6, and Calhoun is 1-for-5 off Jimenez.

Bad News: J.J. Hardy is 1-for-11, Caleb Joseph is 0-for-6, Jimmy Paredes is 1-for-6, Chris Davis is 1-for-4, David Lough is 1-for-4, and Nolan Reimold is 0-for-3 off Richards. Pujols is 6-for-22 with a HR, Victorino is 6-for-17 with 2 HRs, Gillaspie is 5-for-16, Aybar is 6-for-14 with a HR, Trout is 3-for-9, and Chris Iannetta is 3-for-5 off Jimenez.

Sunday, August 9 at 3:37 p.m. on MASN 2
RHP Miguel Gonzalez (9-8) or RHP Chris Tillman (8-7) vs. RHP Matt Shoemaker (5-7) or RHP Jered Weaver (4-8)
Gonzalez’s 2015: 20 GS, 114.2 IP, 86 Ks, 4.32 ERA, 1.30 WHIP
Tillman’s 2015: 20 GS, 113.2 IP, 80 Ks, 4.35 ERA, 1.33 WHIP
Shoemaker’s 2015: 20 G, 19 GS, 110 IP, 101 Ks, 4.01 ERA, 1.22 WHIP
Weaver’s 2015: 15 GS, 96.2 IP, 49 Ks, 4.75 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

As of this writing, neither team has announced their starter for the series finale. Gonzalez and Shoemaker would both be on normal rest, but both Tillman (left ankle) and Weaver (left hip) are very close to returning from injuries. I’m no mind reader, so let’s just take a look at their stats against the opposition with a couple highlights thrown in for good measure.

Gonzalez vs. Angels: 4 GS, 3-1, 28.2 IP, 21 Ks, 2.20 ERA, 0.80 WHIP

Tillman vs. Angels: 4 GS, 2-0, 25.2 IP, 15 Ks, 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP

Shoemaker vs. Orioles: 2 GS, 1-1, 12.2 IP, 17 Ks, 3.55 ERA, 0.63 WHIP

Weaver vs. Orioles: 13 GS, 8-4, 88 IP, 64 Ks, 3.27 ERA, 1.01 WHIP

Good News: Davis is absolutely sizzling right now at the dish. Since the All-Star break, Davis is batting .306/.383/.722 with 9 HRs, 27 RBIs, and 13 runs in 19 games. Davis is now 8th in HRs (28) and 2nd in RBIs (79).

Bad News: Trout is one bad dude. He’s 2nd in WAR (6.7), 3rd in OPS (1.005), 1st in HRs (32), and tied for 2nd in runs (76).

Enjoy the games, and let’s go O’s!

stats: Baseball-Reference
cover pic: Associated Press

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