Wade Miley (7-8, 4.98 ERA) and A.J. Griffin (4-1, 3.99 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (61-45) and the Texas Rangers (62-46) at Camden Yards. The Orioles won the last game 3-2, and Baltimore leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 4 and can be seen on MASN and FSSW.
Mark Trumbo (.267, 59 Rs, 30 HRs, 76 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI. Griffin went 5.2 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out one and walking two in an 8-3 win over the Royals in his last outing. Carlos Beltran (.300, 51 Rs, 23 HRs, 65 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Baltimore is a -128 favorite against Texas and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. The Orioles have recorded an overall money line of +1,494 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 39-16. The Orioles have no trouble scoring as they rank fifth in the AL in offense with 4.7 runs per game. The Orioles are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with a phenomenal 9.1 per game.
In games where it is the underdog, Texas has a 36-29 record and an overall money line of +2,233. Texas is excellent at not striking out on the road with just 7.8 per game, ranking fourth in the AL.
The Orioles have a 44-33 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Griffin takes the mound. Miley (LHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 14-14 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Rangers lost by a margin of one run. The Orioles are 13-10 in one-run games. The Rangers have a 23-8 record in close games.
The Orioles are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rangers have a 31-30 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
It looks like the Orioles have a slight leg up on the Rangers, as the Orioles have won their last three games while the Rangers have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 40-9. The Orioles have a 39-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Baltimore and Texas both rank in the top 10 of the league in runs. Baltimore sits at 10th with 500 runs this season and Texas ranks ninth with 508.
Ranking 27th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 279 this season. Baltimore ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 311.
The Orioles are 49-29 when they hit at least one home run. The Rangers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 52-32 record.