With just seven series left on the 2022 schedule, the Orioles are set to finish off their inter-league play in DC Tuesday and Wednesday against the Washington Nationals.
The Orioles now sit 5.5 games behind the Rays for the third AL Wild Card spot, and while a postseason birth isn’t impossible, it has become quite unlikely. If there is any sliver of hope for the Orange and Black to reach October, it starts with sweeping this two-game series.
On the mound for the Orioles will be Dean Kremer in game one, followed by Tyler Wells in game two.
The Birds are 4-6 in their last 10 games, with a severe lack of offense being a big reason for that. The O’s have scored, at most, six runs in any of these last 10 games, and that simply won’t get the job done with a Wild Card birth on the line.
In these two games, the Orioles will face Cory Abbott and Patrick Corbin, two pitchers that pose little threat. The offense must get hot, and beginning that trend against these two arms is key.
In addition to a lack of offense, the bullpen has also been a little out of character lately. A lot of arms are reaching their career-high’s in innings, so it comes at no surprise. However, that leads us into The Baltimore Battery ❌️-FACTOR for this series.
The ❌️-FACTOR for this series comes down to the bullpen, more specifically, Dillon Tate, Cionel Pérez, and Félix Bautista.
These are the arms that Hyde has leaned on the most in high leverage situations. Coming into this series with a day off, with Bautista having not pitched since exactly one week ago, these three arms should be fresh.
If the offense is able to get any kind of lead with the starters still in, it will be up to this bullpen to pick up any slack the O’s offense may bring to the table.
GAME 1 STARTING LINEUP:
The culmination of this Beltway Series begins Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. EST. You can catch each game on either MASN network or on your local Orioles or Nationals Radio Network station.
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