O’s head to Tampa Bay for pivotal 3-game set

The Baltimore Orioles head into Tampa Bay this weekend for what is shaping up to be the Birds’ biggest series in at least five years.

The Orioles currently sit 0.5 games behind Tampa Bay for the final AL Wild Card spot. With three games against the Rays this weekend, the Orioles have a very good chance to gain ground in those standings.

Austin Voth will kick this series off on the mound for the Birds, with the starters for games two and three still to be determined.

The O’s offense will see Corey Kluber, Shane McClanahan and Drew Rasmussen. This is actually the exact rotation as the previous series, in which the Orioles won two of three.

The bullpen will play a big part in this series. The O’s have played six games in their last seven days and don’t have a day off until August 22. Depending on how fresh this bullpen is will directly affect these games.

On the flip side, it is very important for the starters to eat up innings in this series. Overusing the bullpen in these three games will prove very detrimental to the O’s success over the next two weeks.

❌️-FACTOR:

The Baltimore Battery ❌️-FACTOR for this series is simply run support. Too often lately, the O’s starting pitchers are not being helped out with runs, as the offense sometimes seem unable to score at all until the later innings.

Giving these starters the lead will not only help them with confidence on the mound, it will also get rid of these pitchers duels that make it harder for the O’s starters to be successful.

If the Birds can send their starters to the mound with leads, it causes the opposition to become a little more aggressive, something Oriole pitchers have feasted upon this year.

GAME 1 STARTING LINEUP:

As mentioned earlier, this is a huge series for the Orioles, possibly the biggest since 2017. This series begins Friday at 7:10 p.m. EST, and you can catch each game on MASN or on your local Orioles Radio Network station.

How do you see this series playing out? Let us know in the comments below! And make sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content!

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