O’s head to Detroit to play Tigers in four: Series Preview 7/29/21 – 8/1/21

Jonathan Schoop once called Baltimore home and gave the Orioles a steady presence at second base for years to come. Now, he once again will be across the diamond, as the former Oriole will be on the home team for the Motor City, Detroit Tigers, to open up a four-game set.

Schoop may be on his way out, after having the type of season Oriole fans dreamed of when he was in Baltimore. Detroit is 6-4 over their last 10 and have been one of the better teams since the break, with Schoop leading the way. On the season, Schoop is batting .264 with 17 home runs and 60 RBI, the kind of production we knew he was capable of. Over his last 15 games, Schoop is batting .328 with 10 RBI and 20 hits, leading the Tigers at the plate during their run.

The Orioles head to Detroit winners of seven out of their last 10 games. Since the All-Star Break ended, Oriole starters have taken a total 180° from the first half of season. One of the reasons for the Orioles’ turn around has been the offense. Leading that offense is Trey Mancini, who is riding a 10-game hitting streak, batting .390 (16-for-41) with eight extra base hits, three of them home runs. 

Mancini is your Baltimore Battery ❌-Factor of the series!

The Orioles have held opponents to four or less runs nine times over their last 10. Also, Oriole starters have pitched into the sixth inning in six of the last 10 games. Let’s go over the pitching match-ups for the series!

Pitching Match-ups:

For the Orioles, Alexander Wells will take the mound for his second career start. In his first start, Wells pitched 5.1 innings of five-hit ball, allowing three runs and striking out seven. For the season, Wells, in four games, is 1-0 with a 4.35 ERA, striking out eight across 10.1 innings. 

For the Tigers, Casey Mize will take the mound with a 5-5 record and a 3.63 ERA over 104 innings this season. Over his last three starts, he has failed to pitch more than 4.2 innings, allowing six runs with 10 strikeouts and 11 hits. It’s rookie against rookie to start the series. 

We will also see Matt Harvey, who is coming off 12 innings of four-hit baseball that has dropped his ERA 1.2 points, while improving his record to 5-10. The wiley veteran looks to keep the momentum going forward and pitch the club to another victory. He will face off against Tarik Skubal, who is 6-9 with a 4.42 ERA and 113 strikeouts across 99.2 innings.   

Game three will bring “The Businessman” John Means to the mound for his third start since the All-Star Break. Means will bring his 2.94 ERA to Detroit coming off a start that saw him pitch into the seventh inning, allowing four runs, three off a home run. He will face off against Mike Manning, who will be making his eighth start of his career. He carries a 2-3 record, with an ERA sitting at 6.00.

To close out the series, the Orioles will send rookie surprise Spenser Watkins to the mound. Winning his first two starts, Watkins gave up nine hits his last outing across four innings, but he limited the damage to only four runs.  Over his three starts, Watkins is 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 12 strikeouts over 14.1 innings. He will face off against Tyler Alexander, who is 1-1 with a 4.80 ERA. 

The pitching match-ups are well balanced, which should lead to a fairly balanced series. Of course, with Miguel Cabrera five home runs away from 500 for his career, fans might have their eyes on history.  Be sure to tune in and watch the Orioles face the Tigers and an old friend, as the Motor City invited the Birds into play.

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