The Orioles continue their road trip out west, following an impressive series win against a very good Oakland Athletics team. Now with three games against the Mariners next on the schedule, the Orioles have a good chance to make this a very successful road trip.
On the mound for the Orioles will be Dean Kremer, Jorge López, and ace John Means. Kremer, who starts tonight, has struggled this season, pitching to a 8.40 ERA and 0-2 record.
There are a couple things the Orioles must do in order to come away with a second straight series victory, and the Baltimore Battery’s Keys to the Series will tell you what needs to be done!
1. Support the starting pitching
As of now, Dean Kremer and Jorge López can be somewhat of a liability on the mound. The method to coming away with a victory with them pitching is to help by, not only scoring them runs, but also helping defensively. The Orioles committed three errors in their loss against the Athletics Sunday, and some proved to be fatal. Limiting these errors and keeping themselves in a position to win despite the pitching will be key.
2. Keep the bats hot
In their last series, the Orioles had 16 runs off 27 hits. While scoring runs early and taking advantage of runners in scoring position, a lot of pressure was taken off Oriole pitching, especially with a bullpen that is pitching as well as the Orioles lately. A trio of games where the offense is channeling the aggressiveness against a mediocre pitching staff can give the O’s a great chance.
3. Keep the ball in the ballpark
The last time the Orioles and Mariners met, the home run was a killer for the Orioles. The Mariners have plenty of players with serious power, and if they get a hold of a couple pitches, these games can become out of reach. As been said plenty of times before, the Orioles pitching, Dean Kremer and Jorge López, especially, must work to get ahead of hitters and making it harder to see good pitches to blast. If the pitching is forced to leave balls over the plate from not being able to throw strikes until it’s too late, the Mariners lineup will have a field day.
Roster Move: The Orioles have optioned LHP Bruce Zimmermann to the Alternate Training Site and have recalled RHP Isaac Mattson. The first appearance by Mattson will be his big league debut, and he will wear No. 60. Welcome to The Show, Isaac!
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