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Gameday Thread: O's at Mariners, 06/05

   Game Time: 10:05 | TV: MASN2 | Radio: WHFS

Brian Burres - LH Cha Seung Baek - RH
(3-2, 3.08) (3-2, 4.93)


Baltimore's roller-coaster season continues when it heads into the middle stanza of a three-game set against the Mariners. The Orioles will look to avoid a fifth straight loss after beginning their season-long, 10-game road trip riding a six-game win streak.

Baltimore lefty Brian Burres, who has fit nicely into the rotation since making the switch from long reliever, will look for his fourth win in six starts. Burres is not a stamina pitcher, as he's only lasted through six innings in one start, but he's held opponents to two runs or fewer four times and has allowed only one home run.

Burres will face Seattle's Cha Seung Baek, another injury-replacement starter. Baek has been steady but not outstanding with a 4.93 ERA in eight starts this season, pitching one complete game but also leaving a game after 3 1/3 innings. Seattle seems to succeed with Baek on the mound, however, as the club is 12-3 in games he's started in the last two years.

Again, it was the Orioles' bullpen which let the team down Monday. Baltimore relievers now account for 15 of the entire pitching staff's 31 losses. The bullpen will have to change that trend if the O's hope to improve their 11-26 all-time record at Safeco Field.

Pitching matchup

BAL: LHP Brian Burres (3-2, 3.08 ERA) Burres beat the Angels with a three-hit performance over five innings of work in his last start.

SEA: RHP Cha Seung Baek (3-2, 4.93 ERA) Seattle handed Baek a seven-run lead by the third inning in his last start, but he was hit for five runs in the fourth inning before picking up the win in 6 1/3 innings.

Player to watch

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts banged three doubles off starter Felix Hernandez on Monday in a 3-for-4 performance that raised his batting average to a team-leading .329.