Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 2.43 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (15-19) take on Garrett Richards (3-1, 2.27 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (19-17) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the last of a three-game series at Camden Yards. The Angels won the last game 6-1, continuing a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 17 and can be seen on FSN-W and MASN.
Jimenez is 0-5 with a 5.34 ERA in his appearances against the Angels, but goes up against a below-average Los Angeles offense which is batting just .233 this season. Jimmy Paredes (.347, 16 Rs, 5 HRs, 18 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Richards is 0-2 with a 7.31 ERA against the Orioles in his career. He is up against a good Baltimore offense that's batting .258. Mike Trout (.300, 28 Rs, 10 HRs, 21 RBIs, 7 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Angels, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds for Baltimore and Los Angeles are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. The Orioles have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.2 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.5 runs per game. As for the pitchers, the Orioles are the second-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 7.5 hits per game so far this season.
The Angels allow 3.5 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.4 runs per game during that span. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Angels are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.14 for the season.
The Angels have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Orioles have a 13-15 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Richards takes the mound. Jimenez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have an 11-14 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL
Baltimore has won 42% (5-7) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 60% (9-6) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Orioles are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Angels have a 9-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
It looks like the Angels have a slight leg up on the Orioles, as the Angels have won their last five games while the Orioles have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 12-6. The Orioles have a 13-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th, Los Angeles sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 134 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top half at 14th with 153.
Baltimore and Los Angeles both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Baltimore sits at 27th with 82 this season and Los Angeles ranks 24th with 88.
When the Orioles hit at least one home run, they are 14-12, well-matched with the Angels who are 12-10 when hitting one or more homers.