The Orioles flew into Miami for a two-game series, following a series win against the Rangers. Despite the offense not being the best, the pitching was phenomenal. In this series, an offense that picks up production for a pitching staff that was great in the last series should bring another series win.
On the mound for the Orioles this series will be Matt Harvey and Bruce Zimmermann. Opposite of the Orioles’ offense will be two young arms in Nick Neidert and Trevor Rogers.
The O’s made a roster move before this series, activating Austin Hays from the Injured List and optioning Ryan McKenna to the Alternate Training Site at Double-A Bowie.
This is only a two-game series, so a sweep is the only way for a series win. Here is how the Orioles can accomplish just that, with your Baltimore Battery Keys to the Series!
1. Get to the young starters early.
Both of the Marlins’ starters this season haven’t averaged long outings, both coming in with WHIPs of over one. What this means is they are prone to giving up a lot of base runners. Being able to take pitches, raise pitch counts, and find good pitches to hit will be key for the Orioles. If they can get into the Marlins’ bullpen with a lead, that would be ideal.
2. Again, just score some runs.
As mentioned earlier, the pitching in the last series was incredible. In the last game, John Means went seven innings, allowing just three hits and zero runs. However, he could not get the win, as the O’s offense scored zero runs. That needs to change. In order to help out other starters like Harvey and Zimmermann, the offense absolutely must put up some runs, preferably early. Especially with pitchers hitting in this series, being able to make production with three easy outs in the game will be very important.
3. Keep the Marlins’ speed off the bases.
One of the big things the Marlins have going for them is their speed, especially from rookie phenom Jazz Chisholm. When on base, Jazz and the rest of that offense can be a problem running the base paths. The best way to assure this doesn’t happen is good defense and pitchers keeping the ball down. Forcing weak contact ground balls and strikeouts will be the best way to beat the Marlins. Both of the Orioles’ starters feature a lot of great breaking pitches, and expect to see a lot of them the next two days.
Here are your game one starting lineups:
Miami Marlins (7-8):
1. Corey Dickerson LF
2. Miguel Rojas SS
3. Jesús Aguilar 1B
4. Adam Duvall RF
5. Brian Anderson 3B
6. Jazz Chisholm 2B
7. Jorge Alfaro C
8. Lewis Brinson CF
9. Nick Neidert RHP
Baltimore Orioles (7-9):
1. Cedric Mullins CF
2. Anthony Santander RF
3. DJ Stewart LF
4. Trey Mancini 1B
5. Maikel Franco 3B
6. Rio Ruiz 2B
7. Freddy Galvis SS
8. Chance Sisco C
9. Matt Harvey RHP
Tonight’s game is available on MASN and the flagship station of the O’s, 105.7 The Fan. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. EST.
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