Orioles at White Sox Series Preview

Sports and Bets — August 18, 2014 at 7:31 pm by

Next on the docket for the Birds is a three-game series against the White Sox. Despite a rough series in Cleveland, the O’s currently hold a seven game lead over the Yankees, and a 7.5 game lead over the Blue Jays. With only 40 games left on the season, a 20-20 finish would give the Birds 90 wins. The Yankees would have to go 27-13 to reach 90 wins, while the Blue Jays need to go 26-11. A 27-13 winning percentage over the course of a season would total roughly 109 wins, while a 26-11 winning percentage would result in about 114 wins. So the Birds are still in tremendous shape to bring home the AL East crown for the first time since 1997.


The Breakdown

Baltimore Orioles (70-52) at Chicago White Sox (59-65)

Season Series: Baltimore leads 2-1

Baltimore’s Last 10 Games: 6-4, Chicago’s Last 10 Games: 4-6

Runs: Baltimore’s tied for 9th, Chicago’s 8th

Home Runs: Baltimore’s 1st, Chicago’s 7th

Batting Average: Baltimore’s 8th, Chicago’s 7th

On-base Percentage: Baltimore’s 18th, Chicago’s 14th

Team ERA: Baltimore’s 15th, Chicago’s 27th

Starter ERA: Baltimore’s 18th, Chicago’s 26th

Bullpen ERA: Baltimore’s 7th, Chicago’s 28th

Fewest Errors Made: Baltimore’s 3rd, Chicago’s 24th

Monday, August 18, 8:10 PM MASN 2

Bud Norris RHP (10-7) vs. Chris Sale LHP (10-2)

Norris’ Season Stats: 120 IP, 91 Ks, 3.75 ERA, 1.26 WHIP

Norris’ Last Three Starts: 2-0, 17.1 IP, 15 Ks, 2.60 ERA, 1.38 WHIP

Sale’s Season Stats: 130 IP, 150 Ks, 2.01 ERA, 0.88 WHIP

Sale’s Last Three Starts: 0-1, 20 IP, 28 Ks, 2.70 ERA, 1.00 WHIP

This will be Norris’ third career start against the White Sox, and unfortunately for the Birds, his first two were disasters. Norris is 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA and 1.74 WHIP against the White Sox, with both of these starts coming last season. On a positive note, Norris has thrown the ball very well since the All-Star break, going 3-1 in five starts with a 3.19 ERA.

For the second series in a row, the Orioles will be facing a bonafide ace in their first game. Sale is 3rd in the MLB in both ERA and WHIP, and is striking out 10.4 batters per nine innings. But Sale has struggled mightily over eight career appearances (two starts) against the O’s, going 0-1 with a 5.28 ERA and 2.09 WHIP. Sale faced the Birds earlier this season, and received a no-decision after doing an impressive tightrope routine. Despite having 11 hits and a walk off Sale in six innings, the O’s were only able to score two runs.

Good News: Delmon Young is 4-for-12 with a HR, Nelson Cruz is 5-for-11 with a HR, Adam Jones is 2-for-5 with a HR, J.J. Hardy is 2-for-5, and Caleb Joseph is 2-for-2 off Sale. Gordon Beckham is 0-for-3, and Leury Garcia is 0-for-2 off Norris.

Bad News: Nick Markakis is 2-for-8, David Lough is 0-for-4, and Professional Hitter Steve Pearce is 0-for-3 off Sale. Adam Dunn is 3-for-9 with a HR, Alejandro De Aza is 2-for-6, Alexei Ramirez is 2-for-6, Conor Gillaspie is 4-for-5, and Dayan Viciedo is 2-for-5 off Norris.

Tuesday, August 19, 8:10 PM MASN 2

Chris Tillman RHP (9-5) vs. Jose Quintana LHP (6-9)

Tillman’s Season Stats: 156.2 IP, 105 Ks, 3.68 ERA, 1.26 WHIP

Tillman’s Last Three Starts: 2-0, 20 2/3 IP, 16 Ks, 1.74 ERA, 0.68 WHIP

Quintana’s Season Stats: 154.2 IP, 136 Ks, 3.14 ERA, 1.23 WHIP

Quintana’s Last Three Starts: 0-2, 17.1 IP, 16 Ks, 3.12 ERA, 1.27 WHIP

Since the All-Star break, Tillman is 2-0 in six starts with a 2.35 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. He’ll look to keep his strong second half going against a team that’s given him trouble over the years. In three career starts against the White Sox, Tillman is 2-1, but has a 4.30 ERA and 1.64 WHIP.

Quintana might be one of the most underrated pitchers in baseball, and at only 25 years of age, the southpaw still has room for improvement. Quintana is 1-2 against the O’s, but has pitched much better than his record reflects. Over four career starts, Quintana has 3.28 ERA and 1.14 WHIP, and has struck out 24 batters over 24.2 innings. He earned the win against the Birds earlier this season after allowing only one run in seven innings while striking out eight.

Good News: Hardy is 3-for-11 with a HR, Jones is 5-for-9 with two HRs, Young is 3-for-7, and Pearce is 2-for-3 with a HR off Quintana. Paul Konerko is 1-for-5, Dunn is 1-for-4, and Beckham is 0-for-6 off Tillman.

Bad News: Markakis is 2-for-9, Cruz is 2-for-9 with a HR, Chris Davis is 0-for-8, and Lough is 2-for-9 with a HR off Quintana. Ramirez is 4-for-6 with a HR, and Dayan Viciedo is 1-for-3 off Tillman.

Wednesday, August 20, 8:10 PM MASN 2

Wei-Yin Chen LHP (12-4) vs. Hector Noesi RHP (7-8)

Chen’s Season Stats: 136.1 IP, 102 Ks, 3.76 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

Chen’s Last Three Starts: 1-1, 19.1 IP, 20 Ks, 2.79 ERA, 1.09 WHIP

Noesi’s Season Stats: 126.1 IP, 92 Ks, 4.84 ERA, 1.43 WHIP

Noesi’s Last Three Starts: 2-0, 19.1 IP, 14 Ks, 2.79 ERA, 1.19 WHIP

Chen will try to keep posting those tasty bagels against a team that he’s pitched very well against over his career. In four starts against the White Sox, Chen is 1-0 with 3.13 ERA and 1.17 WHIP, and has struck out 23 batters over 23 innings. The White Sox did have some success against Chen earlier this season, though. They scored three runs on six hits and two walks over 5.2 innings.

The 27-year-old righty has already been on four teams in his young career, including three teams this season. This year, the vast majority of Noesi’s time has been spent with the White Sox, with him only pitching a total of 6.1 innings with the Mariners and Rangers. Noesi has been knocked around by the Birds over his career, recording a 5.40 ERA and 1.85 WHIP in eight appearances (three starts). But earlier this season, Noesi held the O’s to only two runs on nine hits over seven innings in a no-decision.

Good News: Hardy is 3-for-11, Cruz is 2-for-8 with a HR, Jones is 3-for-7 with a HR, Markakis is 3-for-6, and Nick Hundley is 2-for-5 off Noesi. Beckham is 2-for-9, and Dunn is 0-for-6 off Chen. In 85 career games against the White Sox, Young is slashing .334/.384/.538 with 13 HRs, 56 RBIs, and 47 runs scored.

Bad News: Davis is 2-for-10, Ryan Flaherty is 0-for-3, and Pearce is 0-for-3 off Noesi. Konerko is 3-for-10, Ramirez is 3-for-10, Viciedo is 3-for-8 with a HR, and Jose Abreu is 1-for-3 with a HR off Chen.

Enjoy the games, and let’s go O’s!

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