Series Preview: Orioles (21-52) @ Braves (43-30)

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After dropping two of three against the Nationals in DC, the Orioles will now head to Atlanta to take on the Braves for a three-game set over the weekend.

The Orioles (21-52) are still stuck in a rip tide as they prepare to take on the Braves, and help doesn’t seem to be coming anytime soon. They’ve won just four times through seventeen games in June and have gone 4-22 over their last 26 contests.

The Braves (43-30) are still holding a firm grip on first place in the NL East as we near the All-Star Break, and will be looking to stay in-form against the Orioles. They’ve gone 7-3 over their last ten games and are on pace for their third straight .500+ month with a 10-7 record in June.

Alex Cobb (2-9, 7.14 ERA) will take on Braves ace Sean Newcomb (8-2, 2.70 ERA) in tonight’s series opener.

It was another rough day at the office for Cobb during his last start as he allowed five runs over seven innings against the Marlins. It was the sixth time in 12 starts in which he’s allowed five runs or more. Since holding the Mets to one run over six innings earlier this month, he’s allowed 14 runs over 10 2/3 innings in his last two starts combined.

Newcomb earned his eighth win of the season after holding the Padres to two hits over six shutout innings during his last start, and will look to maintain his dominance against the O’s. The southpaw went 5-0 with a sparkling 1.54 ERA over six starts in May and has followed up by going 2-1 with a 2.60 ERA over his first three starts in June.

Dylan Bundy (5-7, 3.81 ERA) will match-up against Julio Tehran (5-4, 3.97 ERA) on Saturday.

Bundy wasn’t at his best during his last start against the Marlins, but still notched his fifth win of the season despite allowing four runs over six innings. The O’s staff ace has been red-hot in recent times however, as he’s gone 3-1 with a superb 1.85 ERA over his last five outings.

Tehran picked up his fifth win of the campaign after no-hitting the Padres over six shutout innings. His no-hit bid was cut short due to a high pitch count, but he still managed to punch out eleven batters while walking three in a tremendous performace. He’s also held opponents to two runs or less in seven of his 14 starts this season.

The Braves still haven’t named a starter to take on David Hess (2-3, 4.82 ERA) in Sunday’s series finale.

Hess was tagged for five runs over 4 2/3 innings during his last time out against the Nationals, and will be looking for a bounce back display in Atlanta. After recording four quality starts in his first five outings in the show, he’s now allowed ten runs over eight innings in his last two starts combined.

 

That’s it for now, folks!

Here’s to coming home on a positive note.

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