Orioles at Nationals Preview

Sports and Bets — August 4, 2014 at 6:26 pm by

The O’s will be facing the Nationals for the fourth and final time tonight. Tonight’s game was originally supposed to be played on July 8th, but was postponed due to rain. This Battle of the Beltways will feature two first place teams, with both teams currently holding 3.5 game leads in their respective divisions. The Orioles will be without the DH tonight, because what’s more exciting than watching pitchers try to bunt? The Nats have probably had enough of Stevie P for one season anyway.

The Breakdown

Baltimore Orioles (62-48) at Washington Nationals (60-49)

Season Series: Baltimore leads 2-1

Baltimore’s Last 10 Games: 7-3, Washington’s Last 10 Games: 5-5

Runs: Baltimore’s tied for 12th, Washington’s tied for 12th

Home Runs: Baltimore’s 2nd, Washington’s tied for 20th

Batting Average: Baltimore’s 11th, Washington’s 19th

On-base Percentage: Baltimore’s 20th, Washington’s 13th

Team ERA: Baltimore’s 13th, Washington’s 3rd

Starter ERA: Baltimore’s 17th, Washington’s 2nd

Bullpen ERA: Baltimore’s 10th, Washington’s 5th

Fewest Errors Made: Baltimore’s 2nd, Washington’s 13th

Monday, August 4, 7:05 PM MASN 2

Kevin Gausman RHP (5-3) vs. Tanner Roark RHP (11-6)

Gausman’s Season Stats: 56 IP, 37 Ks, 3.70 ERA, 1.34 WHIP

Gausman’s Last Three Starts: 1-1, 17 2/3 IP, 11 Ks, 4.58 ERA, 1.53 WHIP

Roark’s Season Stats: 134 2/3 IP, 103 Ks, 2.74 ERA, 1.08 WHIP

Roark’s Last Three Starts: 3-0, 21 IP, 18 Ks, 1.29 ERA, 0.76 WHIP

Gausman has faced the Nationals once in his career, and it was a performance that he would like to forget. In only his second career start, Gausman took the loss after allowing seven runs on eight hits and a walk, with no strikeouts over four innings. Gausman served up home runs to Adam LaRoche, Tyler Fucking Moore, and the immortal Roger Bernadina. It wasn’t a sharp effort from the youngster, but Gausman is a completely different pitcher now than he was last May. He’s thrown the ball very well in his last two starts, recording a 2.63 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.

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Guess who leads National starters in ERA, WHIP, and wins? Yep, it’s Tanner Roark. He might be the most underrated pitcher in the big leagues right now. He’s having a phenomenal year, but doesn’t seem to get his proper respect due to the big names that comprise the rest of the Nats rotation. Roark isn’t showing any signs of slowing down either, posting a 2.17 ERA in June and a 2.06 ERA in July. Roark has never faced the O’s or any of their current hitters before.

Good News: The O’s are done facing the AL West this year, and they went 21-12 against the division featuring the two best teams in baseball. Since the All-Star Break, the Birds are 10-6, and have the 4th best ERA in the MLB. Asdrubal Cabrera is 0-for-1, and Ian Desmond is 0-for-2 off Gausman.

Bad News: The Orioles offense ranks 24th in the MLB since the All-Star Break. In July, Chris Davis hit .167/.250/.333 with four home runs and 10 RBIs. Denard Span is 1-for-3, Adam LaRoche is 1-for-2 with a home run, and Jose Lobaton is 1-for-2 off Gausman.

Enjoy the games, and let’s go O’s!

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