This series is going to be a collection of familiar faces, mixed in with some new ones.
The Angles comes to town to continue this nine-game home stand, and it will begin with former Oriole Dylan Bundy on the mound for the visiting team. Playing shortstop behind him is last year’s Orioles fan favorite, José Iglesias.
What makes this such an exciting series is that it will be the first time Oriole fans will get to see Jahmai Jones, as he makes his 2021 debut. Jones, the Orioles No. 18 overall prospect, was sent over to Baltimore via a trade that sent Alex Cobb to the Angels this past off-season.
This is another formidable opponent for the Orioles, as they attempt to end this 18-game losing streak. Against Shohei Ohtani and the Angels, the road gets no easier.
Spenser Watkins, a “to be determined” starter, and Keegan Akin face off against this A.L. West opponent. Dylan Bundy, Shohei Ohtani, and a “to be determined” starter will match up against them.
The bullpen pitched beautifully in all three games of the previous series against the Braves. Unfortunately, the offense provided no help at all; that needs to change. In those three games, the Orioles were 1-for-13 with RISP. They only had four opportunities in the first two games and could only muster five runs in the series.
To finally come away with a victory in this series, these Baltimore Battery ❌-Factors must come through:
The Angels are going to score runs in this series, and it will be up to the offense to match. Even if the bullpen pitches lights out, we still needs runs. Ohtani is sure to do some damage, and a lineup that also features Iglesias, David Fletcher, and the emerging Jo Adell will also cause problems.
To match this, the big part of our lineup, the first ❌-Factor, must produce. Mullins, Mancini, Mountcastle, and Santander all hit well at home, and they will need to in this series. Mancini had a decent series against the Braves, and Santander had two home runs. Mountcastle also hit his 21st longball. Production like that will go a long way in this series, if Mullins is also able to get his bat hot again and be on base for those middle-of-the-order hitters.
The next ❌-Factor is the home run ball; this one goes both ways. A lot of the Oriole runs during this losing streak, although a small number, have been from the home run. Being able to keep that up in Camden Yards gives the O’s a good chance to win, especially considering their average with RISP. On the flip side, it will be very important for the Oriole pitchers to keep the ball down and away from the wheelhouses of Ohtani and the rest of this lineup. A few swings from the Angel bats with runners on could be devastating. The bullpen, if they pitch like last series, will do a great job at keeping the ball in the yard.
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