Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1, 2.30 ERA) and Jeff Samardzija (1-1, 3.33 ERA) start in the first of a rare one-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (9-10) and the Chicago White Sox (8-9) at Camden Yards. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 28 and can be seen on CSN-CHI, MASN2 and MLB Netwo.
Ubaldo Jimenez and Jeff Samardzija each had their starts pushed back two days because the Baltimore protests caused postponements of both Monday and Tuesday's games. Chris Davis (.269, 11 Rs, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs) continued his strong play Sunday, going 3 for 5 with three runs, one home run, and three RBIs. The White Sox face a quality Baltimore offense which is hitting .284 this season. Jose Abreu (.313, 8 Rs, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one run and one RBI.
Baltimore is a -119 favorite against Chicago and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. Though the Orioles have had a tough season in terms of their overall money line (-83), they have done fairly well as a favorite with a record of 6-4. The Orioles have no trouble scoring as they lead the AL in offense with 5.5 runs per game. The Orioles are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with a phenomenal 9.6 per game.
As for their opponent, Chicago is coming in with an overall money line of -126 and a disappointing record of 4-7 as the underdog. When it comes to issuing walks, the White Sox have the third-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.7 walks allowed per game.
The Orioles have a 7-8 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Sale takes the mound. Tillman (RHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 6-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL, O/U - Over
Chicago has won 40% (2-3) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Baltimore has won 43% (3-4) of its games when taking a late lead.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Orioles have a 2-2 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Orioles are 8-3. The White Sox have a 6-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Baltimore has earned 104 this season. Chicago ranks 26th with 60 runs.
Ranking 27th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 40 this season. Baltimore ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 55.
When the Orioles hit at least one home run, they are 9-7, well-matched with the White Sox who are 5-4 when hitting one or more homers.