After losing by a touchdown to the Indians last night, 14-7, the Orioles will look to bounce back in game two of the series tonight. They’ll be facing a young pitcher on the mound for the Indians: 25-year-old right-hander Jefry Rodriguez. In his last start, he allowed three runs in six innings against the Athletics.
The only batter in the O’s lineup who has faced Rodriguez before is Trey Mancini, and he has one hit in two at-bats. It was a home run. Chris Davis is hitting fourth tonight and he seems to like that spot. In 13 at-bats there this season, he’s 4-for-13 with a .308/.357/.538 slash line.
Dylan Bundy will toe the rubber for the Birds and everyone is talking about his velocity, so there’s that. In four career appearances against Cleveland, including three starts, Bundy is 3-1 with a 3.78 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 3.20 SO/W. The righty has only appeared at Progressive Field once in his career, and it was out of the bullpen. He threw 1.1 scoreless innings.
Second baseman Jason Kipnis, who hit two taters last night, is hitting .444 in nine career at-bats against Bundy with one home run. It may be a small sample size, but the O’s right-hander has gotten the better of the left side of the Indians infield over the course of his career. He’s holding Francisco Lindor to a .143 batting average in seven at-bats and Jose Ramirez to a .250 average in eight at-bats.
- Jonathan Villar 2B
- Dwight Smith Jr. LF
- Trey Mancini RF
- Chris Davis 1B
- Stevie Wilkerson CF
- Renato Núñez DH
- Rio Ruiz 3B
- Austin Wynns C
- Richie Martin SS
- Dylan Bundy RHP
All statistics courtesy of ESPN, MLB and Baseball Reference.