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Orioles vs. Red Sox lineups and game notes for Tuesday night

After Bud Norris led the O's to a solid win last night, can Chris Tillman turn things around against a team he's had success against in the past?

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Time: 7:05 Eastern Place: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Radio: BAL - WBAL 1090 AM; BOS - WEEI 93.7 FM


RHP Brandon Workman, Red Sox
2014: 6 G, 3 GS, 3.74 ERA, 21.2 IP, 17 SO, 9 BB, .210 BAA, 1.20 WHIP
Last start (at Indians): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

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%.

RHP Chris Tillman, Orioles
2014: 13 GS, 5.20 ERA, 71.0 IP, 55 SO, 32 BB, .263 BAA, 1.51 WHIP
Last start (at Rangers): 1.0 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO

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.