What a better way to celebrate an American holiday than with good ‘ole American baseball!
The Baltimore Orioles welcome the Kanas City Royals to Orioles Park at Camden Yards for a four-game series starting at 1:05 pm on Labor Day.
The Orioles will bring Zac Lowther back to start game one of the series but currently have left the remaining three games with a TBD status starters. Lowther will look to show why he is considered a top prospect in the Orioles’ system when he toes the rubber today.
Coming off a series victory against the Yankees, our second in our last five, the Orioles will look to build on that momentum and take another series from long time nemesis, the Royals. In order to do that, the Birds will need to achieve these ❌-Factors if they want to take another series!
Tame Salvador Perez
Currently one of the hottest hitters in baseball, Perez in on a collision course with history. Coming into the game with 41 home runs, he is trying to break the all-time season home run record of 45 by a catcher, set by Johnny Bench in 1970.
Over his last 15 games, Salvy has hit nine home runs with 22 RBI, while batting .288. For the Orioles to have a chance in this one, it will start by keeping Perez in the yard and off base.
Bottom of Lineup to Produce
Recently, the Orioles bottom three have been taking at the plate. One of the reasons teams are finding it a little more difficult against the Orioles is, the bottom of the lineup.
Mateo, Urías, Severino and others have been getting on base as table setters but also clean up the pond when they arrive to bat. If the O’s want to keep this series in their favor, the lower portion of the lineup will have to pull its weight.
Attack and Be Aggressive
At this point, the Orioles have nothing to lose. They should be going by the mantra of “Do or Die” and laying it all on the line.
Attack early and often. Play small ball, attack in the count and don’t be afraid to take chances on the the base paths. Players will get opportunities to show off what they have and make the most of it when given that chance.
These ❌-Factors can be the determination of the Orioles winning a series with the Royals, but collectively, it will all have to be done as a team.
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