Since trading Trey Mancini and Jorge López, many Baltimore Orioles fans believed GM Mike Elias and the O’s were throwing in the white flag.
Since then, the Orioles swept the Texas Rangers in three games, completing the first sweep in Texas since 2009. The O’s offense put up 21 runs in these three games, while allowing only seven.
The Orioles improved their record to 54-51 and still stand a game and a half away from Tampa Bay for the third AL Wild Card spot.
Point being, there is no white flag being flown anywhere, and the Orioles head into another series that should result in a few wins and some ground made in the standings.
So far, the Orioles have been much better against .500 teams. This home series against Pittsburgh, being at the same time as the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Camden Yards, is a good chance to right that wrong in their record against sub-.500 teams.
Dean Kremer, Austin Voth and Spenser Watkins make up the rotation for the Orioles against the Pirates. Personally, I think that puts the Birds in a very good position in itself.
After a couple days off, Austin Hays should be back in the lineup, alongside Anthony Santander and Cedric Mullins. That outfield trio needs to work the Pirates’ pitchers and put up runs for their own before the seventh inning.
In Texas, the bottom of the order and the bullpen played really well. Home runs from Robinson Chirinos and Ryan McKenna helped the O’s to victory in game three, and Jorge Mateo had a huge two-home-run game in game two.
Having this support from the bottom of the lineup will certainly help if the top of the order doesn’t do its part.
The Baltimore Battery’s ❌️-FACTOR is one man – Adley Rutschman.
Hitting second is the perfect spot for Adley, and we have seen the benefits it brings. Now with 22 doubles, it seems Adley is always on base and in position to score for the rest of his lineup.
This past series, Adley went 5-for-11 (.445 BA) with four walks. His on-base percentage is now at .353, and his on-base plus slugging sits at .799.
In this series, if Adley can continue to keep his bat hot and keep walking when the opportunity arrives, it will provide enough for the rest of his offense to put up some runs and have big innings.
GAME 1 STARTING LINEUP:
Game one of this series kicks off Friday 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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