With the end of the 2020 season quickly approaching in the rear view mirror, the Baltimore Orioles take to the road one last time to put an end to this chaotic season.
With six games remaining on the schedule, the first three will be spent facing the last place Boston Red Sox. With the Orioles at 23-31 and the Redsox at 20-34, a series win here will ensure the Orioles will not finish in last place in the division. Sorry Sox fans! (Not!)
Over the last couple games, Orioles fans have been blessed to see the O’s pitching hit full stride all around. Youngsters Dean Kremer and Keegan Akin both pitched great last week, as well as John Means returning to his former self. After a rocky start, Means has allowed just three runs in his last three starts, including a 12-strikeout game against the Rays over the weekend.
Keegan Akin will kick off this series for the Orioles, having a chance to see the Red Sox lineup for the first time. Coming into game one, Akin sits at 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA. What has been really impressive is his 25 strikeouts in 18.2 innings.
KEYS TO THE SERIES PRESENTED BY THE BALTIMORE BATTERY:
1. Coming into this series, the Orioles pitching has been better than we have seen in years. To win this series, continuing this success on the mound is the main key to victory. The Red Sox lineup has potential to be powerful, so keep the ball off their barrel.
2. Offer run support! The one downfall to the Rays series was horrendous run support. The Orioles pitchers, as amazing as they were, were given only 11 runs in the last five games. Against a poor Boston pitching staff, the offense must capitalize and give their pitchers a lead, and then hold that lead.
3. Make adjustments and provide offense late in games. Again, in the last series, nearly all of the Orioles’ runs came early in games, while the offense was shut out by the bullpen. When a team sees the Orioles again for a third time, they must make the adjustments to break through because scoring 1-2 runs in the first couple innings will not ensure victory against the Red Sox offense that can score whenever.
This is a very winnable series for the Orioles, and there is no reason to not take two of three. With Akin, Kremer, and Cobb all slated to pitch, the rotation is coming in hot, as all three bounce back following quality starts in their last appearances.
In other news, the Orioles have made multiple roster moves.
First, RHP Carson Fulmer has been claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Also, Cody Carroll cleared waivers and will report to the Alternate Site at Bowie.
In a trade, relief pitcher Conner Loeprich has been received from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for cash.
Be sure to catch the start of this series, beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST, and don’t forget to follow The Baltimore Battery on the web and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!