Orioles at Indians Series Preview

Sports and Bets — August 15, 2014 at 6:07 pm by

After a successful 4-1 home stand, the Birds will travel to the Midwest for a 9-game road trip beginning with the Indians. The Indians are 5.5 games out of the second wild card spot with three teams ahead of them. If they’re going back to the postseason this year, they have to really start turning it on. Their playoff hopes are on life support, and it’s time for the O’s to help pull the plug on that horseshit town.

The Breakdown

Baltimore Orioles (69-50) at Cleveland Indians (60-60)

Season Series: Tied 2-2

Baltimore’s Last 10 Games: 8-2, Cleveland’s Last 10 Games: 5-5

Runs: Baltimore’s 8th, Cleveland’s 6th

Home Runs: Baltimore’s 1st, Cleveland’s 10th

Batting Average: Baltimore’s 7th, Cleveland’s 11th

On-base Percentage: Baltimore’s 17th, Cleveland’s 9th

Team ERA: Baltimore’s 15th, Cleveland’s 17th

Starter ERA: Baltimore’s 18th, Cleveland’s 25th

Bullpen ERA: Baltimore’s 10th, Cleveland’s 6th

Fewest Errors Made: Baltimore’s tied for 2nd, Cleveland’s 30th

Game 1: Friday, August 15, 7:05 PM MASN 2

Wei-Yin Chen LHP (12-4) vs. Corey Kluber RHP (13-6)

Chen’s Season Stats: 129.1 IP, 96 Ks, 3.90 ERA, 1.27 WHIP

Chen’s Last Three Starts: 2-1, 20.1 IP, 17 Ks, 2.21 ERA, 1.08 WHIP

Kluber’s Season Stats: 171.2 IP, 187 Ks, 2.46 ERA, 1.07 WHIP

Kluber’s Last Three Starts: 3-0, 22.1 IP, 25 Ks, 0.40 ERA, 0.72 WHIP

Chen will be pitching on eight days rest tonight, which has usually been great news for the southpaw. Over his career, Chen has a 4.30 ERA on four days rest, a 3.89 ERA on five days rest, and a 3.45 ERA on six or more days rest. He’ll need all the rest he can get against an Indians squad that has had success against him in the past. In two career starts against the Indians, Chen is 0-1 with a 7.62 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Chen surrendered five runs in 6.2 innings against the Indians back on May 22.

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Kluber has been as good as any pitcher in baseball this season. Currently, Kluber is 5th in the MLB in innings pitched, tied for 2nd in wins, 5th in strikeouts, 7th in ERA, and 11th in WHIP. Since the All-Star break, Kluber is 4-0 in five starts with a 0.68 ERA and 0.65 WHIP, and has struck out 45 batters over 40 innings. Wiffle ball numbers. Kluber does have an ugly 4.63 ERA and 1.63 WHIP over two career starts against the O’s. But on May 24, Kluber beat the Birds after pitching seven shutout innings. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out nine.

Good News: Delmon Young is 4-for-12, Nelson Cruz is 3-for-9 with a HR, David Lough is 2-for-6, Adam Jones is 2-for-6, Ryan Flaherty is 2-for-5, J.J Hardy is 2-for-4, and Jonathan Schoop is 1-for-3 off Kluber. Mike Aviles is 1-for-11, Ryan Raburn is 1-for-5 with a HR, and Jason Kipnis is 0-for-3 off Chen.

Bad News: Nick Markakis is 1-for-7 off Kluber. Michael Brantley is 3-for-5, Yan Gomes is 2-for-5, and Carlos Santana is 1-for-3 off Chen.

Game 2: Saturday, August 16, 7:05 PM MASN 2 & WJZ

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP (4-8) vs. Carlos Carrasco RHP (4-4)

Jimenez’s Season Stats: 105.2 IP, 93 Ks, 4.51 ERA, 1.53 WHIP

Jimenez’s Last Start (vs. St Louis): 1-0, 6 IP, 5 Ks, 4.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP

Carrasco’s Season Stats: 70 IP, 66 Ks, 3.60 ERA, 1.11 WHIP

Carrasco’s Last Start (at NYY): 1-0, 5 IP, 4 Ks, 0.00 ERA, 0.40 WHIP

This will be Jimenez’s second start since returning from the disabled list, and if I were calling the shots for the Birds, it would be his last. Man, this guy grinds my gears. Jimenez’s only career start against the Indians came in May, and it wasn’t pretty. He took the loss after surrendering five runs on four hits and five walks over four innings. You think the Indians would take Jimenez back? I’d even throw in a spark plug of an outfielder to sweeten the pot.

Carrasco began the season as a member of the Indians rotation, but was sent to the bullpen after four terrible starts. Now he’s back in the rotation, trying to keep his momentum rolling from a nice start in the Bronx. In two appearances (one start) against the O’s, Carrasco is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. His relief appearance came this season, and his start was all the way back in 2011. He has a lifetime 4.90 ERA, and is someone the Birds should be able to handle.

Good News: Hardy is 2-for-6, Young is 2-for-6, Cruz is 2-for-5, Markakis is 3-for-4 with a HR, and Lough is 2-for-4 off Carrasco. Aviles is 1-for-6, our old pal Chris Dickerson is 1-for-6, Lonnie Chisenhall is 0-for-2, and Santana is 0-for-2 off Jimenez.

Bad News: Jones is 0-for-3, and Chris Davis is 0-for-2 off Carrasco. Raburn is only 2-for-8, but both his hits are triples, and he’s also walked twice off Jimenez. Yan Gomes is 1-for-1 off Jimenez.

Game 3: Sunday, August 17, 1:05 PM MASN

Kevin Gausman RHP (6-4) vs. T.J. House LHP (1-3)

Gausman’s Season Stats: 67 IP, 46 Ks, 3.90 ERA, 1.42 WHIP

Gausman’s Last Three Starts: 2-1, 18 IP, 11 Ks, 4.50 ERA, 1.44 WHIP

House’s Season Stats: 61 IP, 44 Ks, 4.13 ERA, 1.51 WHIP

House’s Last Three Starts: 0-1, 16 IP, 14 Ks, 3.38 ERA, 1.44 WHIP

The Gas Man hasn’t been too sharp as of late. Before the All-Star break, Gausman had a 3.29 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over seven starts. After the All-Star break, Gausman has a 4.71 ERA and 1.64 WHIP over five starts. He’ll look to rediscover his first-half form against a team that he’s never started against before. He did face the Indians in a relief appearance in 2013, and he took the loss after a rough 2.2 innings. He allowed two runs on three hits and two walks.

House joined the Indians rotation in late May, and this will be the 24-year-old rookie’s 13th appearance and 12th start for the club. House faced the O’s for the first time earlier this season, and the young lefty was shellacked. He took the loss after surrendering five runs on 11 hits and two walks over six innings.

Good News: Markakis is 3-for-4, Davis is 2-for-3 with a HR, Flaherty is 1-for-3, Cruz is 1-for-2 with a HR, Hardy is 2-for-2, and Jones is 2-for-2 off House. Raburn is 0-for-2, and Santana is 0-for-1 off Gausman.

Bad News: Caleb Joseph is 0-for-3, Schoop is 0-for-3, and Young is 0-for-3 off House. Aviles is 1-for-2, Gomes is 1-for-1, and Kipnis is 1-for-1 off Gausman. In 29 career games against the O’s, Brantley is slashing .324/.393/.454 with two HRs, 15 RBIs, and 20 runs scored.

Enjoy the games, and let’s go O’s!

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