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Series Preview: Baltimore Orioles @ Milwaukee Brewers, 26-28 May 2014

After splitting four games with the Indians at home, the O's head on the road to face the Brewers.

Mike McGinnis

Another series, another split. The Orioles can't do that again this time, though, since it's a three-game set.

Monday, 26 April, 2:10 ET: Chris Tillman @ Kyle Lohse
Tillman Lohse
Stat 2013 YTD 2013 YTD
IP 206.1 57.2 198.2 67.1
ERA 3.71 4.21 3.35 2.67
FIP 4.42 4.35 4.08 3.42
AVG/OBP/SLG Against .241/.303/.427 .247/.318/.394 .259/.294/.406 .230/.268/.357

After throwing a shutout on the 16th, Tillman turned in his worst start of the season on the 21st, as he was unable to record an out in the second inning, allowed eight runs (six earned), and walked three.

Lohse is having a pretty nice season, largely due to a career-best strikeout rate (19.9% this year; 14.8% career). The righty's mostly a sinker-slider guy, though he also has a change and curve which he uses against lefties a bit more than righties.

Maybe hot: Lyle Overbay (1.441 OPS, 20 PA)

Tuesday, 27 May, 8:10 ET: Wei-Yin Chen @ Matt Garza
Chen Garza
Stat 2013 YTD 2013 YTD
IP 137.0 53.0 155.1 60.1
ERA 4.07 4.08 3.82 4.92
FIP 4.04 3.31 3.88 3.71
AVG/OBP/SLG Against .272/.321/.440 .304/.330/.435 .253/.306/.406 .253/.319/.373

Chen had his worst start since early April last time out, allowing five runs over 6.2 innings on the 22nd. It wasn't as bad as that sounds, though, as he only allowed eight baserunners and one homer.

Garza's having a bit of a rough year. Some of that is poor luck, as he's stranded fewer runners than you'd expect. Some of it isn't, though, as his strikeout and walk rates are significantly worse than his career norms. Garza throws four-seam fastballs about half of the time, mixing in a sinker, slider, and curveball with similar frequency against lefties, but dropping the curve in favor of more sliders against righties.

Maybe hot: Adam Jones (1.123 OPS, 22 PA)

Likely not: Nick Markakis (.348 OPS, 39 PA)

Wednesday, 28 May, 8:10 ET: Bud Norris @ Yovani Gallardo
Norris Gallardo
Stat 2013 YTD 2013 YTD
IP 176.2 56.1 180.2 59.0
ERA 4.18 3.83 4.18 3.51
FIP 3.86 4.50 3.89 4.22
AVG/OBP/SLG Against .283/.349/.429 .238/.313/.393 .261/.325/.395 .243/.305/.376

Norris had a mediocre start on the 23rd, allowing four runs over six innings. He did put together back-to-back outings that lasted over seven innings prior to that, though, and he's at least kept the O's in the game in every start he's made this year, save perhaps his first in Detroit.

Gallardo's been dealing with some injury issues this season, and his strikeout rate dropped dramatically in 2013 and hasn't recovered this year. From his numbers, though, it's looks like he's been pretty solid for Milwaukee anyway. The righty throws fastballs, about a 2:1 ratio of four- to two-seamers, roughly half of the time, and goes about half-and-half to his slider and curveball for the rest.

Maybe hot: Rickie Weeks (1.138 OPS, 20 PA)

Likely not: Carlos Gomez (.154 OPS, 14 PA)