Orioles vs. White Sox Preview

Sports and Bets — April 29, 2015 at 10:28 am by

Today, the Birds will take on the White Sox under some truly unprecedented circumstances.

I’m no mathematician, but I think the O’s have a real good shot at shattering that dubious record. Camden Yards is going to look like a legitimate ghost town, and I’m already mentally preparing myself to see tumbleweeds rolling behind the backstop. Deserted baseball is better than no baseball, though, and it’s going to nice to be able to cheer on the O’s again. It’s time to fire that dormant winning streak back up, babes!

The Breakdown
Baltimore Orioles (9-10) vs. Chicago White Sox (8-9)
Last 10 Games: Baltimore’s 4-6, Chicago’s 5-5
Runs: Baltimore’s 5th, Chicago’s 29th
Home Runs: Baltimore’s tied for 4th, Chicago’s 26th
Batting Average: Baltimore’s 3rd, Chicago’s 19th
On-Base Percentage: Baltimore’s 4th, Chicago’s 24th
Team ERA: Baltimore’s 29th, Chicago’s 18th
Starter ERA: Baltimore’s 28th, Chicago’s 25th
Bullpen ERA: Baltimore’s 26th, Chicago’s 8th
Fewest Errors Made: Baltimore’s tied for 18th, Chicago’s tied for 6th

Baltimore’s Injury Report
P Wesley Wright: 15-day DL (left shoulder)
C Matt Wieters: 15-day DL (right elbow)
INF Ryan Flaherty: 15-day DL (groin)
INF J.J Hardy: 15-day DL (left shoulder)
INF Jonathan Schoop: 15-day DL (right knee)

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

Wednesday, April 29 at 2:05 p.m. on MASN
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1) vs. RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-1)
Jimenez’s 2015 Stats: 3 GS, 15.2 IP, 16 Ks, 2.30 ERA, 0.89 WHIP
Samardzija’s 2015 Stats: 4 GS, 27 IP, 17 Ks, 3.33 ERA, 1.22 WHIP

After throwing 10.2 scoreless innings to start the season, Jimenez was knocked around by the Blue Jays in his last start. He took the loss after surrendering four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six over five innings. Jimenez will look to get back on track against a White Sox club that’s given him fits over the years. In 10 career starts against the Sox, Jimenez is 2-3 with a 5.01 ERA and 1.63 WHIP, and he’s struck out 51 batters over 59.1 innings. In his lone start against Chicago last season, Jimenez was no-decisioned after giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six over 6.1 innings.

Samardzija has been traded twice in the past calendar year. Last July, Samardzija and Jason Hammel went from the Cubs to the A’s in exchange for Billy McKinney, Addison Russell, Dan Straily, and cash. This past winter, the A’s traded Samardzija and Michael Ynoa to the White Sox for Rangel Ravelo, Chris Bassitt, Josh Phegley, and Marcus Semien. It’s not hard to see why teams covet this dude so badly. The 30-year old throws in the mid 90s with a wipeout slider and a nasty split. Samardzija made his first All-Star team last season, and posted a 2.99 ERA and 1.07 WHIP while striking out 202 batters over 219.2 innings. After a sluggish start to his 2015 campaign, he’s given up just one run over his last 19 innings (Orioles/MLB). Samardzija’s only career start against the Birds came last season, and the hometown squad gave him some trouble. Samardzija was no-decisioned after allowing four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four over seven innings.

Good News: In 6 games against the White Sox last season, Adam Jones slashed .423/.444/.731 with 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, and 5 runs scored. Manny Machado is 2-for-3 with a HR, and Chris Davis is 1-for-3 off Samardzija. Alexei Ramirez is 7-for-29, Emilio Bonifacio is 3-for-17, Melky Cabrera is 3-for-14, and Geovany Soto is 0-for-9 off Jimenez. In 2014, the O’s went 5-1 against the Sox.

Bad News: In 6 games against the Birds last season, Jose Abreu hit .304/.385/.739 with 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, and 4 runs scored. Alejandro De Aza is 1-for-12, Travis Snider is 2-for-11, Everth Cabrera is 2-for-8, Professional Hitter Steve Pearce is 1-for-7, Jones is 0-for-3, and Caleb Joseph is 0-for-2 off Samardzija. Gordon Beckham is 7-for-25 with a HR, Adam LaRoche is 7-for-20 with a HR, Tyler Flowers is 4-for-14, Conor Gillaspie is 5-for-11, Avisail Garcia is 3-for-7, Adam Eaton is 3-for-4, and Abreu is 1-for-3 with a HR off Jimenez. Unfortunately, these two studs are no longer wearing orange and black.

Enjoy today’s game, and let’s go O’s!

stats: Baseball-Reference
cover pic: Los Angeles Times

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