Orioles vs. Rays lineups and game preview for Wednesday night

Matt Wieters has been on fire. Can he keep it up and lead the team to victory? - Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Wei-Yin Chen will take the mound tonight for the Orioles as they try to avoid the sweep and cling to their postseason hopes. The Orioles offense has already knocked around Jeremy Hellickson twice this year. They need to do it again tonight.

Jeremy Hellickson is in his third full season with the Rays, and after outpitching his FIP significantly in his first two seasons, this year has been just the opposite. He has a career 3.56 ERA, this year it's 4.91. He has a career 4.32 FIP, this year it's 3.94. He's 26 years old and there is time for him to improve, but at this point I feel confident in saying that Hellickson is a serviceable, but not outstanding, starting pitcher.

The Orioles have already faced Hellickson three times this year and have knocked him around pretty good. In the first series of the season they got to him for eight runs in 6 1/3 innings. In May he pitched into the eighth inning against the O's but gave up eight runs (four before the eighth, four in the eighth). In his most recent start, on June 8th, Hellickson looked more like the pitcher who had dominated them in 2011 and 2012, pitching 6 shutout innings with 4 hits, 0 walks, and 5 strikeouts.

Hellickson has made 25 starts this season and in ten of them he has given up four or more runs. In ten of his starts he has pitched less than six innings. Six times, he has given up four or more runs AND pitched less than six innings. The Orioles need to make that happen tonight. They need to win, and they need to smack around a pitcher like Hellickson.

The postseason hopes have been growing dimmer by the day of late, but we know this team is capable of being good. A strong finish to the season, even one that doesn't result in a playoff spot, would leave me satisfied if not happy.

So let's do it.



X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Camden Chat

You must be a member of Camden Chat to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Camden Chat. You should read them.

Join Camden Chat

You must be a member of Camden Chat to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Camden Chat. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker