The last week for the Orioles has been a tough one. Unfortunately for the team and their fans, it only gets tougher. The Birds start off this road trip with three games in Buffalo against the Blue Jays, followed by three in Houston and three in Anaheim against the Angels.
However, our focus is on the Blue Jays and ending this 19-game losing streak on the road. Will it be easy? No. Can it be done? Absolutely.
On the mound for the Orioles will be Dean Kremer, Matt Harvey, Keegan Akin, and Jorge López.
For the Orioles to come away with a victory in this series, they just need to follow these steps!
Keys to the Series 🔑
1. Limit the Blue Jays offense (don’t make Vladdy your daddy)
In the last series against this team, the Orioles actually did a great job of limiting the damage from one of the more potent lineups in the league, mainly from the starters. Thomas Eshelman was lights out in that first game, while Dean Kremer tossed an impressive six innings in that last start. If Kremer in game one and López in game four can manage to limit the damage, that will be the best chance for the Orioles. With Akin and Harvey in games two and three, those game will fall on the shoulders of the offense. And make sure to avoid giving anything remotely down the middle to A.L. M.V.P. candidate, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., because he will make you pay.
2. Offense HAS to wake up
There’s simply no denying that the offense in this last series against the Astros was absolutely pathetic. With only 14 hits in that entire series, something needs to change. Ryan Mountcastle seemed to stay hot in that series, and the rest of the offense must follow suit. The Orioles get to see a few pitchers that they just saw last week, and that should translate into seeing more pitches and having a better understand of what is coming. If the offense can get ahead in counts like they did in the first game against this Blue Jays team, they will be able to get a lot more pitches to hit than we saw against the Astros.
3. Bully their bullpen
Like we said in the series preview last time these two teams met, getting to their bullpen is key. The Blue Jays pen isn’t that good, and that showed last week. To be able to win a game against a team’s pen, it is a joint effort. First, the offense must produce, like said above. Also, the bullpen for the Orioles must be able to keep the team in a position to win. Unfortunately, the Orioles haven’t had a day off since June 10, and our bullpen took a beating in the last series. Look for arms like Hunter Harvey and Paul Fry to step up, while we hope Tyler Wells can continue to craft himself into a versatile bullpen arm. If these three pitchers can keep the offense within striking range, you will see closer games than those we just witnessed this past week.
Game one of this four-game set starts on Thursday at 7:07 pm ET. You can catch each game on MASN or on the Orioles flagship radio station, 105.7 The Fan!
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