The first leg of the “Beltway Series” this season between the Orioles and Nationals begins Tuesday night at Camden Yards.
The Orioles come into this series with a season record of 30-38 and a record in June of 9-8. The Nationals, on the other hand, come in with a 24-46 record.
On the mound for the Orioles will be Jordan Lyles, followed by Tyler Wells in game two. Lyles missed his start in the last series due to a stomach bug but will return to kick off this series.
Wells comes into his start in this one as the hottest arm in the O’s rotation. He has tossed six innings in three of his last four starts with a combined 11 strikeouts, and his ERA is now down to a 3.62.
An interesting thing to watch in this series will be the battle of two young catchers, the Orioles’ Adley Rutschman and Nationals’ Keibert Ruiz.
The offense will play a big part in these two games, as the Nationals come into OPACY with one of the worst offenses themselves. If the O’s bats are able to score enough early, the bullpen really shouldn’t have much trouble shutting down the Nats lineup. Outside of Juan Soto and Josh Bell, no one else poses much of a threat.
The Baltimore Battery’s ❌-Factor in this series will be Lyles and Wells. In the month of June, a lot of the Orioles’ wins have come when the starters are able to put the offense in a spot to win.
Against the Nationals, putting the offense in a winnable position will bring a lot of success. If the offense can play loose against a pitching staff like the Nats have, then you may see a lot of runs being put up in this series.
Prior to the series, the Orioles have optioned right-hander Mike Baumann to Triple-A Norfolk. Baumann pitched an inning Sunday against the Rays, in which he struck out one and gave up no runs on two hits.
Also prior to today’s game, the Orioles have recalled infielder Rylan Bannon from Triple-A Norfolk, according to @AdleysBigTits.
The Norfolk Tides have released right-handers Diogenes Almengo and Conner Greene, according to the MiLB transactions page. Diogenes held a 5.85 ERA in 20 innings, and Greene held a 10.61 ERA in 18.2 innings this year.
Game 1 Starting Lineup:
Game one of this two-game series begins Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. EST. You can catch each game on MASN or on your local Orioles Radio Network station.
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