Coming to Camden Yards next are the red hot Oakland Athletics. The Orioles will have their hands full in this series, as they face off against the hottest team in the American League.
Sitting at 8-10, the Orioles are in a good spot entering this series. As hot as the A’s have been, their pitching has still been hittable. That will be the main key for the Orioles’ offense in this series.
On the mound, we will see Jorge López in game one. Starters for games two and three are still to be decided.
As mentioned earlier, this will be a very tough series against a very tough team. In order to come away with a series victory, the Orioles must follow these Keys to the Series:
1. Limit the home runs.
The Oakland Athletics are making their hot streak by way of the long ball. With 25 home runs in their 19 games, it’s easy to say that lineup is raking. Beyond that, their team batting average is actually not that great. A huge key here is to keep the ball inside the yard, something that is not easy in Camden Yards. If the pitching can limit damage from bats like Matt Olson and Mark Canha, no game will be out of reach.
2. The O’s offense must keep pace.
Part of the Athletics’ recent success is their ability to score a lot of runs. The only way to beat a lot of runs is to score even more. This is what the Orioles must do in this series. In order to do this, the strikeouts must be cut down, and the on base percentage raised. Taking more pitches will help a lot, as the Athletics’ rotation has shown signs that they can struggle.
3. Defense must be on their game.
So far, the Athletics have been terrors on the base paths. To help this, the defense must seriously help out the pitching when runners are on base. Limiting the freedom around the base paths and keeping runners out of scoring position is necessary. As a team, the As are stealing a whole bunch of bases and walking a lot, something that can kill the Orioles if the defense behind the pitchers isn’t playing like they should.
Here are tonight’s starting lineups:
Oakland Athletics (12-7):
1. Ramón Laureano CF
2. Jed Lowrie 2B
3. Matt Olson 1B
4. Matt Chapman 3B
5. Mitch Moreland DH
6. Sean Murphy C
7. Seth Brown LF
8. Stephen Piscotty RF
9. Elvis Andrus SS
SP. Cole Irvin LHP
Baltimore Orioles (8-10):
1. Cedric Mullins CF
2. Austin Hays LF
3. Trey Mancini 1B
4. Maikel Franco 3B
5. DJ Stewart RF
6. Ryan Mountcastle DH
7. Pedro Severino C
8. Freddy Galvis SS
9. Ramón Urías 2B
SP. Jorge López
Tonight’s game is available on MASN2 and on the flagship station of the O’s, 105.7 The Fan. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EST.
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