Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1, 2.30 ERA) and Jeff Samardzija (1-1, 3.33 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-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 Monday, Apr. 27 and can be seen on WGN and MASN2.
Jimenez is 2-3 with a 5.01 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, and 51 strikeouts against the White Sox. Chris Davis (.269, 11 Rs, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 5 with three runs, one home run, and three RBIs. Against the Orioles, Samardzija is 0-0 with a 5.14 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and four strikeouts. Jose Abreu (.313, 8 Rs, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Baltimore is a -145 favorite against Chicago and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine 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 home offense with 5.6 runs per home game. The Orioles are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with an impressive 9.1 per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, the Orioles are the fifth-best team in the AL at limiting walks during home games, allowing only 2.8 walks per game to their opponents this season.
Over in the other dugout, Chicago is coming in with an overall money line of -233 and a disappointing record of 3-7 as the underdog. When it comes to issuing walks on the road, the White Sox have the third-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.2 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 Samardzija takes the mound. Jimenez (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
When leading after 7 innings, Baltimore is 3-4, while Chicago is 2-3.
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 26th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 40 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top half at 14th 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.