So far in August, the Orioles have played 10 games. Of those 10 games, only one has been a victory. This next series against the Boston Red Sox gets no easier.
Spenser Watkins, Jorge López, and a to be determined starter highlight the rotation for the Birds this series. Opposite of them for the Red Sox will be Nick Pivetta, Chris Sale, and Eduardo Rodriguez. Yes, you read that correctly. Chris sale is pitching game two.
As of late, the Orioles have done nothing except hit home runs. Luckily, that can work in a ballpark like Fenway. However, the production with runners in scoring position has to improve, or this will be another sweep. The last time the Orioles recorded a hit with a RISP was August 8.
This is going to be a tough series, and it is a must-win for the Red Sox. Because of that, the Orioles are in a position to complicate things for the Red Sox, and that’s something we would love to see.
Here are some Baltimore Battery ❌-Factors for this series!
The first ❌-Factor is a single person, and he is named Anthony Santander. Over the last series, he looked to regain his form that we saw in the start of 2020. He had three home runs against the Tigers and is seeing the ball well from both sides of the plate. Being a good power hitter in the middle of that lineup will be crucial in this series, as Cedric Mullins cannot do it all by himself. Being a switch hitter, Santander’s bat will be very important, having to see both right-handed and left-handed starters in this series.
The second ❌-Factor is a little unconventional. This one is actually the Red Sox’s rotation. The Red Sox have been a great team all of 2021. The one thing that is lackluster is certainly their rotation. The lowest ERA on that team currently is at 3.92, held by Nathan Eovaldi, and he will not be pitching this series. The offense must be able to take advantage of Pivetta and Rodriguez, two arms that have struggled as of late. For Chris Sale, the Orioles must be patient and realize he has not pitched since 2019. Getting runs off these starters will make or break the Orioles, because if the run support is not there, there’s a good chance the bullpen on the Orioles’ side will continue to blow these close games.
This will be a tough set for the Orioles, and it kicks off a stretch of schedule to end the season, where every team played is either a playoff team or a playoff hopeful.
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