O’s travel back home to face White Sox for 3

Following a wildly exciting victory in the Little League Classic, the Orioles enter yet another big series, sitting at 63-58 on the year.

This one is against the Chicago White Sox, who are hot on the Orioles’ trail in the AL Wild Card standings. Luckily for the O’s, they enter this series following an off day, something they haven’t had in over a week.

Game one of this series will start off with a bang, as each team’s best starter takes the mound. For the O’s, it will be Austin Voth, who truly has been Baltimore’s best starter since they acquired him. Cy Young candidate Dylan Cease opposes him.

In games two and three, the Birds will send out Spenser Watkins and Jordan Lyles. Chicago will counter with Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn. If you have followed the White Sox at all this year, then you know Cease and Giolito are two of the better arms in baseball.

The Birds are really looking to get back on track,  as they are just 2-2 on this home stretch so far.

This is going to be a tough series against a team that is better than their record shows. The offense will need to be alive in these three games, which besides their 15-10 rout of the Red Sox earlier this week, hasn’t been the case.

❌️-FACTOR:

The Baltimore Battery ❌️-FACTOR for this series will be the O’s late game offense. That’s the offensive production from the seventh inning on.

This arguably has been the best part of the team, besides the bullpen, and against pitchers like Cease and Giolito, it will be necessary. These are two pitchers who do not give up very many runs, so taking advantage of the White Sox bullpen will make or break this series.

Remember, the Chicago bullpen was used mightily yesterday against Kansas City. Seven relievers were used, after Michael Kopech couldn’t record a single out, leaving with a knee injury in the first.

ROSTER MOVES:

It might not be the roster move we wanted, but it was one made nonetheless.

The Orioles have reinstated infielder Jonathan Araúz off the IL and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk.

GAME 1 STARTING LINEUP:

This series kicks off Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. EST. 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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