It has been 35 days since the Orioles lost back-to-back games. If they want to keep that streak alive, they'll need to win a game that has a lot going against them. For one, they are facing Hisashi Iwakuama, who is a pretty good pitcher. He has a 3.06 ERA/3.10 FIP this season, and that's not because he pitches at Safeco Field half the time. On the road his ERA is higher by a grand 0.03. Iwakuma had one bad inning against the Orioles the last time he faced them, but shut them down for six others.
The Orioles also have the following going against them:
- A 15-22 record in day games
- A 7-10 record on Sundays
- A 2-6 record at home on Sunday
None of that even addresses that the offense is hitting .210/.271/.349 over the last 28 days and have scored four or less runs (usually less) in 18 of their last 20 games.
Yes, the pitching has been good, and it's the only reason they've been winning lately. Today's starter, Chris Tillman, is coming off of a rough start against Los Angeles, but held his last four opponents to just eight runs over 26 1/3 innings combined. That's not too shabby. Hopefully he has a good game in him today, because I do not have high hopes for the offense.
|SEATTLE MARINERS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Austin Jackson - CF||Nick Markakis - RF|
|Dustin Ackley - LF||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Robinson Cano - 2B||Adam Jones - CF|
|Kendrys Morales - DH||Delmon Young - DH|
|Kyle Seager - 3B||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Logan Morrison - 1B||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Chris Denorfia - RF||David Lough - LF|
|Mike Zunino - C||Ryan Flaherty - 2B|
|Brad Miller - SS||Nick Hundley - C|
|Hisashi Iwakuma - RHP||Chris Tillman - RHP|