Orioles vs. White Sox Doubleheader Preview

Sports and Bets — May 28, 2015 at 12:32 pm by

This O’s will play two against the White Sox today to make up for the two games back in April that were postponed due to the Freddie Gray riots. Chicago has been one of the biggest disappointments in baseball this year after a very busy and very expensive offseason. They’re last in the AL Central, and their -46 run differential is the worst in the American League. These Windy City windbags have no idea what kind of emphatic beatdowns are awaiting them, babes.

The Breakdown
Baltimore Orioles (21-23) vs. Chicago White Sox (20-24)
Season Series: Baltimore leads 1-0
Last 10 Games: Baltimore’s 6-4, Chicago’s 3-7
Runs: Baltimore’s 17th, Chicago’s 29th
Home Runs: Baltimore’s 9th, Chicago’s 28th
Batting Average: Baltimore’s 11th, Chicago’s 15th
On-Base Percentage: Baltimore’s 16th, Chicago’s 23rd
Team ERA: Baltimore’s 17th, Chicago’s 26th
Starter ERA: Baltimore’s 21st, Chicago’s 26th
Bullpen ERA: Baltimore’s 11th, Chicago’s 17th
Fewest Errors Made: Baltimore’s tied for 9th, Chicago’s 22nd

Baltimore’s Injury Report
P Jason Garcia: 15-day DL (right shoulder)
P Kevin Gausman: 15-day DL (right shoulder)
P Bud Norris: 15-day DL (bronchitis; on rehab assignment)
P Wesley Wright: 60-day DL (left shoulder)
C Matt Wieters: 60-day DL (Tommy John surgery; on rehab assignment)
INF Jonathan Schoop: 15-day DL (right knee)

Chicago’s Injury Report
P Matt Albers: 15-day DL (right pinkie finger)
P Nate Jones: 60-day DL (Tommy John surgery)

Game 1: Thursday, May 28 at 1:05 p.m. on MASN
RHP Tyler Wilson (1-0) vs. LHP Chris Sale (3-2)
Wilson’s 2015: 2 G, 2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 K, 0 BB
Sale’s 2015: 8 GS, 51.1 IP, 54 Ks, 4.21 ERA, 1.17 WHIP
Sale’s Last Three Starts: 1-1, 24 IP, 28 Ks, 2.25 ERA, 0.67 WHIP

Wilson made two relief appearances and recorded his first win last week, but today will be his first major league start. The former 10th round pick was off to an excellent start at Norfolk before getting called up this season. He was 2-4 in eight starts with a 3.29 ERA and 1.22 WHIP, and he struck out 32 batters over 41 innings. Over 535.1 career innings in the minors, Wilson has gone 34-28 with a 3.70 ERA and 1.16 WHIP while striking out 477 batters. He’s shown terrific control over the years, only walking 2.2 batters per nine innings in the minors. The 25-year-old throws a fastball, a curveball, and a changeup. He’s relied heavily on his low 90s fastball over his two relief appearances, throwing it 75% of the time.

Sale got off to a miserable start this season, recording a 5.93 ERA over his first five starts. But his last three starts have been so stellar, he’s been able to shave almost two full runs off his ERA. It’s hard to believe that Sale is only 26 years old because it feels like he’s been one of the top pitchers in the AL for a God damn decade. Over the past three years, Sale has made three All-Star teams, he’s never come in higher than sixth in the AL Cy Young voting, and he’s never had an ERA higher than 3.07. The former first round pick combines filthy sliders and changeups with a fastball that typically sits in the mid 90s. Sale hasn’t posted his usual dominant statistics so far this season, and it’s fair to wonder if that’s due to him using his slider much less frequently. Sale’s only been throwing it 11.3% of the time this season, which is by far the lowest rate of his career. Despite Sale’s impressive arsenal of pitches, the Birds have a great track record against the southpaw. In three career starts (nine appearances) against the O’s, Sale has gone 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA and 1.97 WHIP, and he’s struck out 21 batters over 21.1 innings. Last season, Sale went 0-1 in two starts against the Birds with a 3.75 ERA and 1.83 WHIP while striking out 11 batters over 12 innings.

Good News: Delmon Young is 5-for-15 with a HR, J.J. Hardy is 3-for-8 with a HR, Adam Jones is 3-for-8 with a HR, Steve Pearce is 2-for-6, and Caleb Joseph is 2-for-4 off Sale.

Bad News: Everth Cabrera is 0-for-4, Chris Davis is 0-for-4, David Lough is 0-for-4, Manny Machado is 1-for-4, and Jimmy Paredes is 0-for-3 off Sale.

Game 2: Approximately 30 Minutes After Game 1 on MASN
RHP Mike Wright (1-0) vs. RHP Chris Beck (0-0)
Wright’s 2015: 2 GS, 14.1 IP, 10 Ks, 0.00 ERA, 0.70 WHIP
Beck’s 2015: N/A

Wright will look to continue his domination of major league hitters in the second half of the doubleheader. “According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no Oriole has started his career with at least 14 1/3 scoreless innings since Dave Ford in 1978” (Orioles/MLB). While that’s not the best Oriole to be in company with, the 25-year-old’s first two starts for the Birds have been nothing short of sensational. Wright’s best pitch has been his mid 90s fastball, which he’s thrown 69.6% of the time this season. The former third round pick also mixes in a slider, a changeup, and a curveball.

Chris Beck will be making his major league debut, and hopefully, the O’s will give him an ass kicking that he’ll never forget. The former second round pick is ranked as Chicago’s 12th best prospect by MLB.com, and he has put up quality numbers in the minors. In 383.1 career minor league innings, Beck is 26-26 with a 3.45 ERA and 1.31 WHIP, and he’s struck out 233 batters. This season, Beck has gone 3-2 in eight AAA starts with a 3.30 ERA and 1.19 WHIP while striking out 33 batters over 46.1 innings. The 24-year-old throws a changeup, a slider and a curveball to go along with his low 90s fastball.

Good News: The White Sox are dead last in the majors with only 11 steals, and they are the 2nd worst team in baseball with a 47.8% success rate. In 89 career games against the White Sox, Young has slashed .332/.380/.529 with 13 HRs, 57 RBIs, and 49 runs scored. In 23 games in the month of May, Paredes has hit .333/.364/.495 with three HRs, 16 RBIs, and 10 runs scored.

Bad News: In seven career games against the Orioles, Jose Abreu has batted .259/.333/.630 with three HRs, five RBIs, and four runs scored.

Enjoy the games, and let’s go O’s!

stats: Baseball-Reference
cover pic: Camden Chat

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