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Saturday afternoon Orioles game thread: vs. Angels, 4:05

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Dylan Bundy takes the mound, looking to recoup the pitching staff’s dignity against a diminished Matt Harvey.

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Last night, Dan Straily pretty much delivered on our worst expectations, lasting just four and 1/3 innings and coughing up six runs. Worst of all in my eyes: he looked really, really, really hittable, the fastball living around 90-91 mph and everything in the middle of the plate. If you’re up to it, you can read all the details in Mark Brown’s recap.

Taking the mound and looking to regain momentum is Dylan Bundy. As I mentioned in this series’ preview, Bundy has been a mixed bag this season, although in his last start against Tampa, he pitched a shutout into the eighth inning and looked quite a lot like the Bundy we all hoped he would be.

Still, going by Bundy’s numbers against the Angels, this could be just one more dong-fest in the great dong-fest that has been the 2019 season. In five starts against LAA, Bundy is 1-1 with a 5.56 ERA. Albert Pujols has a .429 career average against Bundy in seven at-bats. Trout has a .667 average against Bundy in seven at-bats, with two homers, a walk, and 6 RBIs. I’m sort of confused that Brad Ausmus is sitting Andrelton Simmons (4-for-5 against Bundy) and Justin Bour (2-for-3). I guess they just couldn’t fit the whole Murderers’ Row in at once.

The Orioles pitching staff still looks as homer-prone as ever, and today might just be the day that second-year phenom Shohei Otani hits his first dinger of the season. Or Albert Pujols could regain some of his past luster and take Bundy deep.

Facing the O’s today is Matt Harvey, who’s had quite the bumpy season, at 1-3 with a 6.94 ERA. The O’s have never faced Harvey as a starter, and only Pedro Severino (1-for-2 with an RBI) and Jonathan Villar (2-for-10 with one HR) have seen him.

Brandon Hyde is keeping the top of the lineup pretty much unchanged, although Mancini is getting a break from the outfield and subbing in for Renato Núñez at DH. Getting the start in right is Joey Rickard, hitting seventh. Austin Wynns and Richie Martin are hitting eighth and ninth.

This afternoon’s O’s lineup:

  1. Jonathan Villar - SS
  2. Trey Mancini - DH
  3. Dwight Smith Jr. - LF
  4. Rio Ruiz - 3B
  5. Stevie Wilkerson - CF
  6. Chris Davis - 1B
  7. Joey Rickard - RF
  8. Austin Wynns - C
  9. Richie Martin - SS

And against the good guys, I present to you the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim — it’s not their team name, but Mark Brown likes it, and so do I. Today, Albert Pujols gets the start at first base, while Justin Bour sits this one out.

  1. Tommy La Stella - 2B
  2. Mike Trout - CF
  3. Shohei Ohtani - DH
  4. Albert Pujols - 1B
  5. Brian Goodwin - LF
  6. Jonathan Lucroy - C
  7. Kole Calhoun - RF
  8. Zack Cozart - SS
  9. David Fletcher - 3B

Hold onto your hats, Camden Chat faithful. We could see some turbulence this afternoon.