After opening up the season with a bang in front of the Camden Yards faithful, the Orioles will now jet out of town on a nine-game, three-legged road trip.
The first stop is a two-night stay in Boston for a set against the reigning AL East champions.
The Orioles (4-1) will be looking to remain in first place in the early goings of the season, while the Red Sox (3-3) will be looking to bounce back after dropping three of four in Detroit over the weekend.
Dylan Bundy (1-0, 1.29 ERA) will take the mound tonight against southpaw Drew Pomeranz, who will be making his season debut.
Bundy was magnificent in his effort to shut down the Blue Jays last Wednesday and looks to take that momentum into a game against a club that hasn’t treated him so nicely so far in his young career. Bundy owns a 1-2 record along with a 6.53 ERA in seven games (three starts) versus Boston.
Pomeranz can relate, as he also owns dreadful numbers versus Baltimore in the form of an 0-2 record and an 8.10 ERA over four career games.
Ubaldo Jimenez (0-0, 10.38) will look to shake off his brutal season debut against the Yankees tomorrow night against Steven Wright (0-0, 5.40 ERA), but it won’t be easy against a team that has owned him in the past. Over 14 career starts against the Red Sox, Jimenez has posted a 2-6 mark with a 6.82 ERA.
On the other hand, Wright owns a perfect 2-0 record and a 2.45 ERA over four games against the Birds, while the current Orioles squad owns a paltry .129 batting average (8-for-62) against the knuckleballer.
The Orioles should be up and ready to go for this match-up, as after a few years of having the upper hand over the Red Sox, Boston took the 2016 series 11-8.
Here’s to a little bit of payback at Camden North.