Miguel Gonzalez (4-2, 2.93 ERA) and Taijuan Walker (1-4, 7.22 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (16-19) and the Seattle Mariners (17-20) at Camden Yards. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 19 and can be seen on ROOT-NW and MASN2.
Gonzalez is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in his appearances against the Mariners, and goes up against a below-average Seattle offense which is batting just .238 this season. Adam Jones (.336, 19 Rs, 6 HRs, 25 RBIs) had another good game Sunday, going 2 for 4 with one run and two RBIs. Walker went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking one in a 4-2 defeat to the Padres in his most recent start. Brad Miller (.264, 11 Rs, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds for Baltimore and Seattle are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. The Orioles have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.3 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.5 runs per game. The Orioles have no trouble scoring as they rank third in the AL in home offense with 5.1 runs per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, the Orioles are the fourth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 7.6 hits per game so far this season.
The Mariners allow 4.1 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.7 runs per game during that span. The Mariners have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 7.8 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Orioles have a 14-16 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Walker takes the mound. Gonzalez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Mariners, who have a 14-15 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL
After last game's shutout win against the Los Angeles Angels, the Orioles now have two shutouts this season. The Mariners have been shut out in two games this season.
The Orioles are 1-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Mariners are 3-3 in such matchups.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Orioles have a 9-14 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 8-7. The Orioles have a 14-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, Seattle has earned 140 this season. Baltimore ranks 17th with 156 runs.
Baltimore and Seattle both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Baltimore sits at 28th with 83 this season and Seattle ranks 22nd with 96.
The Orioles are 14-12 when they hit at least one home run. The Mariners perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 14-11 record.