Orioles At Angels Series Preview

Sports and Bets — July 21, 2014 at 7:05 pm by

The Birds will look to bounce back after a frustrating series that saw them drop two out of three to the A’s. Friday’s loss was a fucking gut punch while Sunday’s loss was a savage beatdown. They were two very different and very awful ways to lose ball games. Things won’t be much easier for the O’s in Anaheim, as the Angels currently have the second best record in baseball. They’re firing on all cylinders right now, as if master motivator George Knox was once again calling the shots.

The Breakdown

Baltimore Orioles (53-44) at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (59-38)

Season Series: 0-0, Last Season: Baltimore won 5-2

Baltimore’s Last 10 Games: 6-4, LA’s Last 10 Games: 8-2

Runs: Baltimore’s 9th, LA’s 1st

Home Runs: Baltimore’s tied for 1st, LA’s 5th

Batting Average: Baltimore’s 4th, LA’s 3rd

On-base Percentage: Baltimore’s tied for 14th, LA’s tied for 2nd

Team ERA: Baltimore’s 19th, LA’s 15th

Starter ERA: Baltimore’s 23rd, LA’s 12th

Bullpen ERA: Baltimore’s 13th, LA’s 21st

Fewest Errors Made: Baltimore’s 2nd, LA’s 8th

Game 1: Monday, July 21, 10:05 PM on MASN 2

Bud Norris RHP (7-6) vs. Matt Shoemaker RHP (7-2)

Norris’ Season Stats: 91 IP, 62 Ks, 3.96 ERA, 1.19 WHIP

Norris’ Last Three Starts: 2-1, 15 2/3 IP, 11 Ks, 4.02 ERA, 1.28 WHIP

Shoemaker’s Season Stats: 63 2/3 IP, 62 Ks, 4.38 ERA, 1.34 WHIP

Shoemaker’s Last Three Starts: 2-1, 13 2/3 IP, 11 Ks, 7.90 ERA, 1.98 WHIP

Norris didn’t look sharp at all in his first start back from the disabled list. He took the loss after allowing five runs on six hits and a walk, over four innings against the Nationals. Fortunately for Norris, his second start back couldn’t come against a better team in terms of his career numbers. In four starts against the Angels, Norris is 3-0 with a microscopic 0.32 ERA and 0.96 WHIP.

Shoemaker is a 27-year-old rookie who has made nine starts and six relief appearances this year for the Angels. He’s been much better as a starter, going 6-1 with a 4.15 ERA over his nine starts. He’s recorded a 4.52 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over 786 2/3 minor league innings. Shoemaker has never pitched against the Birds or faced any of the current Oriole batters.

Good News: Albert Pujols is 7-for-36, Howie Kendrick is 1-for-11, and Erick Aybar is 2-for-9 off Norris. In 106 career games against the Angels, Nelson Cruz is slashing .292/.345/.531 with 25 home runs and 69 RBIs.

Bad News: David Freese is 7-for-18, Mike Trout is 5-for-12, and Josh Hamilton is 4-for-12 with a home run off Norris. In 45 career games against the O’s, Hamilton is hitting .326/.365/.580 with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs.

Game 2: Tuesday, July 22, 10:05 PM on MASN 2

Miguel Gonzalez RHP (4-5) vs. Hector Santiago LHP (2-7)

Gonzalez’s Season Stats: 89 IP, 69 Ks, 4.04 ERA, 1.45 WHIP

Gonzalez’s Last Three Starts: 0-0, 20 2/3 IP, 13 Ks, 2.61 ERA, 1.31 WHIP

Santiago’s Season Stats: 66 2/3 IP, 64 Ks, 4.32 ERA, 1.31 WHIP

Santiago’s Last Three Starts: 1-0, 15 IP, 17 Ks, 5.27 ERA, 1.27 WHIP

Gonzalez was sensational in his last two starts, posting a 1.69 ERA and 0.94 WHIP over 16 innings. He’ll look to keep things rolling against a team that he has had success against in the past. In three career starts, Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 0.76 WHIP against the Angels.

The former White Sox has made 12 starts and four relief appearances for the Angels this year. Santiago last pitched on July 18 in the Angels 16-inning victory against the Mariners. He earned the win after pitching 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, so it will be interesting to see how starting on three days rest will affect him. Santiago has been solid against the O’s over four career appearances (two starts), recording a 3.86 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with 17 strikeouts over 14 innings.

Good News: Adam Jones is 3-for-8 with a home run, Chris Davis is 2-for-6 with a home run, and Manny Machado is 3-for-6 off Santiago. Hamilton is 1-for-9, Pujols is 1-for-8, and Aybar is 1-for-8 off Gonzalez.

Bad News: J.J. Hardy is 0-for-8, Nick Markakis is 1-for-6, and Delmon Young is 0-for-7 off Santiago. Kendrick is 3-for-9, and Trout is 2-for-9 with two home runs off Gonzalez.

Game 3: Wednesday, July 23, 10:05 PM on MASN 

Chris Tillman RHP (7-5) vs. Jered Weaver RHP (10-6)

Tillman’s Season Stats: 125 IP, 80 Ks, 4.03 ERA, 1.36 WHIP

Tillman’s Last Three Starts: 0-1, 20 1/3 IP, 16 Ks, 3.10 ERA, 1.03 WHIP

Weaver’s Season Stats: 131 1/3 IP, 104 Ks, 3.43 ERA, 1.14 WHIP

Weaver’s Last Three Starts: 1-0, 15 IP, 12 Ks, 2.40 ERA, 1.00 WHIP

It looks like Tillman has finally put his early season struggles behind him, as he has really thrown the ball well as of late. After posting an ugly 5.68 ERA in May, Tillman recorded a 3.10 ERA in June, and he has a 3.46 ERA through four July starts. To keep the theme constant throughout the series, Tillman also has strong numbers against the Angels. In his two career starts, Tillman is 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 0.96 WHIP.

Weaver left his July 7 start against the Blue Jays after two innings due to a stiff back, but he looked shipshape in his next two starts. He held the Rangers and Mariners to a total of four runs over his last 13 innings. Weaver has been very successful against the O’s over his 10 career starts, going 6-4 with a 3.06 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.

Good News: Markakis is 7-for-24 with a home run, Jones is 5-for-16 with a home run, and Young is 4-for-15 with a home run off Weaver. Hamilton is 1-for-9, Aybar is 1-for-7, Kendrick is 0-for-3, and Pujols is 0-for-3 off Tillman.

Bad News: Cruz is 15-for-66 with two home runs, Davis is 6-for-31, and Hardy is 2-for-17 off Weaver. John McDonald is 2-for-4, and Hank Conger is 1-for-3 off Tillman.

Enjoy the games, and let’s go O’s!

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