Time: 7:05 Eastern Place: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Radio: BAL - WBAL 1090 AM; BOS - WEEI 93.7 FM
TV: MLB Network; BAL - MASN; BOS - NESN
Workman has something in common with Manny Machado, as he's currently appealing a suspension (for throwing behind Evan Longoria's head a couple of starts ago) in order to start in this game. He's been consistently mediocre since he moved into the rotation, allowing 2-3 runs over 5 or 5.1 IP in each of his three outings. If the Orioles were a more patient team, I'd be optimistic about them drawing a lot of walks, as Workman's also walked 2-3 batters in each of those starts. His peripherals suggest he's been fairly lucky ERA-wise, with a BABiP of .245 and a HR/FB rate of 4.3%.
Tillman's been pretty bad lately, and it's hard to imagine that he'll suddenly turn it around tonight against a team with good plate discipline. You just can't walk as many guys as he has been and hope to be successful.
Orioles (w/ 2014 stats vs. righties)
|RF Nick Markakis (L)||.306/.369/.464|
|3B Manny Machado (R)||.237/.312/.351|
|DH Adam Jones (R)||.267/.269/.395|
|1B Chris Davis (L)||.228/.371/.421|
|LF Nelson Cruz (R)||.284/.335/.607|
|SS J.J. Hardy (R)||.305/.323/.370|
|CF David Lough (L)||.213/.295/.330|
|C Caleb Joseph (R)||.136/.296/.227|
|2B Ryan Flaherty (L)||.226/.309/.345|
Jones's struggles against righties this year are surprising, but at least he has enough history that you understand him staying in the #3 spot. One has to wonder why Manny's still batting #2.
Red Sox (w/ career stats vs. Tillman or 2014 stats vs. righties)
|LF Brock Holt (L)||1-2|
|3B Xander Bogaerts (R)||0-6, 2 BB|
|2B Dustin Pedroia (R)||10-32, 2 2B|
|DH David Ortiz (L)||2-19, 4 BB|
|1B Mike Napoli (R)||5-18, 2 2B|
|RF Daniel Nava (S)||5-32, 3 2B|
|C A.J. Pierzynski (L)||3-15, 2B|
|CF Grady Sizemore (L)||2-8, HR|
|SS Jonathan Herrera (S)||.216/.310/.216|
Tillman's held down a lot of Red Sox batters pretty well in the past, and particularly notable is the lack of home runs. Of course, these stats don't mean much, especially if he puts lots of guys on base for free.