Orioles vs. Mariners Series Preview

Sports and Bets — August 1, 2014 at 4:47 pm by

The Birds will close out their six-game home stand with a three-game series against the Mariners. Last week in Seattle, the O’s were able to get the better of them, taking three out of four in a low-scoring series that featured three one-run games. The Birds have now played six straight one run games, and have won four of them. While it’s great to see the O’s finding ways to win the close ones, it sure would be nice if they could score some God damn runs and coast to a victory every now and then.

The Breakdown

Baltimore Orioles (60-47) vs. Seattle Mariners (56-52)

Season Series: Baltimore leads 3-1

Baltimore’s Last 10 Games: 7-3, Seattle’s Last 10 Games: 4-6

Runs: Baltimore’s 10th, Seattle’s 25th

Home Runs: Baltimore’s 2nd, Seattle’s 21st

Batting Average: Baltimore’s tied for 8th, Seattle’s tied for 22nd

On-base Percentage: Baltimore’s tied for 20th, Seattle’s 29th

Team ERA: Baltimore’s 15th, Seattle’s 1st

Starter ERA: Baltimore’s 18th, Seattle’s 7th

Bullpen ERA: Baltimore’s 10th, Seattle’s 1st

Fewest Errors Made: Baltimore’s 3rd, Seattle’s 1st

Friday, August 1, 7:05 PM on MASN 2, MLBN

Wei-Yin Chen LHP (11-3) vs. Roenis Elias LHP (8-8)

Chen’s Season Stats: 117 IP, 82 Ks, 3.92 ERA, 1.26 WHIP

Chen’s Last Three Starts: 3-0, 18 2/3 IP, 13 Ks, 2.89 ERA, 1.07 WHIP

Elias’ Season Stats: 123 1/3 IP, 110 Ks, 4.31 ERA, 1.27 WHIP

Elias’ Last Three Starts: 1-1, 13 2/3 IP, 17 Ks, 5.27 ERA, 1.76 WHIP

Chen’s last start came against Seattle, and he was terrific. Chen earned the win after pitching eight shutout innings, allowing only five hits and a walk while striking out three. He also boasts excellent lifetime numbers against the Mariners over his five starts. He’s only 1-2, but he’s recorded a 3.41 ERA and 1.11 WHIP while striking out 25 batters over 31 2/3 innings.

Elias pitched against the O’s the last time that he toed the rubber, and he was credited with a no-decision after pitching five solid innings. He surrendered only one run on four hits and three walks while striking out six. It was the rookie’s first career start against the Birds. Elias will actually be celebrating his 26th birthday tonight. Hopefully, the O’s beat him like a fucking piñata, and give him a birthday beat down that he’ll always remember.

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Good News: Professional Hitter Steve Pearce is 1-for-3, Manny Machado is 1-for-2, Caleb Joseph is 1-for-2, and Jonathan Schoop is 1-for-1 off Elias. Robinson Cano is 5-for-25 with a home run, Kyle Seager is 1-for-14, Dustin Ackley is 2-for-10, and Brad Miller is 0-for-4 off Chen.

Bad News: Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy, and Nelson Cruz are a combined 0-for-10 with two walks off Elias. Kendrys Morales is 2-for-6, Corey Hart is 1-for-3, and Chris Taylor is 1-for-3 off Chen.

Saturday, August 2, 7:05 PM on MASN 2, WJZ, MLBN

Miguel Gonzalez RHP (5-5) vs. James Paxton LHP (2-0)

Gonzalez’s Season Stats: 102 2/3 IP, 75 Ks, 3.77 ERA, 1.42 WHIP

Gonzalez’s Last Three Starts: 1-0, 21 2/3 IP, 11 Ks, 2.08 ERA, 1.06 WHIP

Paxton’s Season Stats: 12 IP, 13 Ks, 2.25 ERA, 0.67 WHIP

Gonzalez’s last start came against Seattle, and he received a no-decision after pitching six innings of one run ball. He scattered eight hits and two walks while striking out only one batter. It was Gonzo’s first career start against the Mariners. Gonzalez was outstanding in the month of July, posting a 1.82 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over four starts.

This will be Paxton’s third start of the season, and his first since April 8th due to a strained left lat. Paxton is 25-years-old with only six big league starts under his belt, but he definitely has the stuff to pitch at this level. He’s been a Baseball America top 100 prospect the past three years, and has a 3.53 ERA over 377 2/3 minor league innings. He’s also struck out 406 batters in the minors. This will be the first time Paxton faces the O’s.

Good News: In 64 career games against the Mariners, Markakis is slashing .305/.379/.418 with four home runs and 32 runs scored. Cano is 2-for-24, Morales is 0-for-6, and James Jones is 0-for-3 off Gonzalez.

Bad News: Since June 1, Cruz is hitting .215 with nine homers and 23 RBIs. Delmon Young is 0-for-3 off Paxton. Ackley is 2-for-3, Hart is 1-for-3, Taylor is 2-for-3, Mike Zunino is 2-for-3, and Seager is 1-for-2 off Gonzalez.

Sunday, August 3, 1:35 PM on MASN 2, WJZ

Chris Tillman RHP (7-5) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma RHP (9-5)

Tillman’s Season Stats: 136 IP, 89 Ks, 3.97 ERA, 1.35 WHIP

Tillman’s Last Three Starts: 0-0, 17 2/3 IP, 15 Ks, 3.06 ERA, 1.08 WHIP

Iwakuma’s Season Stats: 117 2/3, 94 Ks, 3.06 ERA, 0.99 WHIP

Iwakuma’s Last Three Starts: 1-1, 21 IP, 14 Ks, 3.43 ERA, 0.95 WHIP

Tillman faced the Angels in his last start, and was charged with a no-decision after struggling through five innings. He allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out six. Tillman has yet to face the Mariners this season, but he has very strong career numbers against them. In five starts, Tillman is 5-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 0.91 WHIP, and has 26 strikeouts over 33 innings.

Iwakuma ran into some trouble against the Birds when he saw them two starts ago. He took the loss after giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out five over seven innings. Iwakuma has a 5.25 ERA in his two career starts against the O’s, but only a 1.08 WHIP. He’s still the best in the big leagues when it comes to limiting walks. He’s only walked nine batters this season, while Ubaldo Jimenez has walked 60. Jimenez still leads the MLB in walks, despite not pitching since July 5th. His incompetence is truly incredible.

Good News: Young is 4-for-8 with two home runs, Davis is 3-for-5 with a home run, and Joseph is 2-for-3 off Iwakuma. Seager is 1-for-10, Ackley is 1-for-9, and Miller is 0-for-3 off Tillman.

Bad News: Cruz is 4-for-20, Hardy is 0-for-6, Jones is 0-for-5, and Markakis is 1-for-4 off Iwakuma. Cano is 11-for-25 with two home runs, and Morales is 4-for-6 off Tillman.

Enjoy the games, and let’s go O’s!

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