The Oriole offense came alive last night, as they continued to ride the hot bats of Anthony Santander and Renato Núñez to a 9-5 victory over the Mets.
The two combined for three home runs (two for Núñez) and seven RBI. The Birds got some production from the bottom of their order as well, as 7-9 hitters Rio Ruiz, Pat Valaika, and Andrew Velazquez combined to go 6-for-10 (4-for-4 for Valaika) with four runs scored.
Today at 4:05 P.M., the Orioles send John Means to the mound, looking to secure the two-game sweep. Means has struggled to begin 2020, going 0-2 with a 8.59 ERA.
The 27-year-old lefty has given up two home runs in back-to-back games, despite going only seven innings combined during both games. Means has struggled with runners in scoring position, allowing opponents to go 6-for-9 with two home runs and 10 runs scored. Current Met players are batting .265 with three home runs in 83 at-bats.
The Mets will send Michael Wacha to the mound, looking for a series split. Wacha is 1-2 on the season with a 7.41 ERA. The 6’6″ righty has struck out 25 in his 17 innings on the season.
Wacha has traditionally struggled against right-handed batters, allowing a .274 batting average and a home run every 27 at-bats. This compares to lefties batting .237, while hitting one home run every 53 at-bats. José Iglesias is the only Oriole that has had at-bats against Wacha and has gone 2-for-7 with one strikeout.
The Orioles lineup facing off against Wacha is below:
1. Cedric Mullins (S) CF
2. Anthony Santander (S) RF
3. José Iglesias (R) SS
4. Renato Núñez (R) 1B
5. Pedro Severino (R) C
6. Ryan Mountcastle (R) LF
7. Rio Ruiz (L) 3B
8. Pat Valaika (R) 2B
9. Andrew Velazquez (S) SS
SP: John Means (LHP)
You can catch today’s game at 4:05 p.m. EST on MASN or on the radio at 105.7 The Fan!
Let’s Go O’s!