To finish out this road trip, the Baltimore Orioles head out to Cleveland for three games.
You will hear this for pretty much every series to end the year. However, we will say it again. This is another huge series for the Birds.
On paper, this is a very exciting series. The O’s and Guardians are undoubtedly the two best stories of this season and two of the youngest teams on the rise.
The O’s come in having just taken a series against the Astros in Houston, while the Guardians are holding onto the top spot in the AL Central.
This set should feature some quality starting pitching for both sides. For the Orioles, Spenser Watkins will kick it off in game one, followed by Jordan Lyles and Kyle Bradish in games two and three.
Opposite of the Oriole arms will be Cal Quantrill in game one, followed by Tristan McKenzie and then Shane Bieber.
To match up with those fiery arms the Guardians will send out, the O’s starters must continue to shine like they did in this past series Houston. That series was the first time the O’s had three consecutive starts of seven innings since July 31- August 2 of 2017.
The only scare from this past series win was certainly a lack of offense. Luckily for the Orioles, the pitching has been so good lately that it hasn’t mattered.
That statement leads us into the Baltimore Battery ❌️-FACTOR for this series: Pressure.
The offense must put some pressure on these starters the Guardians will throw out, and that pressure needs to come early. The Guardians have a very good offensive lineup themselves, and putting pressure on them as well will be necessary.
Against arms like McKenzie and Bieber, if you do not challenge them, you absolutely will lose.
GAME 1 STARTING LINEUP:
Now sitting two games behind the Blue Jays for the final AL Wild Card spot, taking at least two of these three games will be necessary to keep the Birds playoff hopes afloat. Coming off an off day, let’s hope the lineup and bullpen is well rested for a dog fight at Progressive Field.
This series begins Tuesday, at 6:10 p.m. EST. You can catch each game on MASN or on your local Orioles Radio Network station.
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