After getting demolished in the Bronx over the weekend, the Orioles will now try to recover from such a heavy blow over a four-game set in the Windy City.
The Orioles (31-30) have slipped to fourth in the division and now face a 6.5-game deficit to overcome in order to match the pace of the first-place Yankees. More concerning to the Orioles, however, is that the fifth-place Toronto Blue Jays are just a game and a half away from sending the Orioles to the foot of the table.
The Orioles’ poor form away from Camden Yards has proven costly this season. Not only will they be looking to snap a horrid nine-game road losing streak in tonight’s contest, they’ll be looking for just their second win on the road since taking the final game of a four-game set at Fenway on May 4th. They’ve gone 1-13 on the road since.
The White Sox (26-35) find themselves in the cellar and 7.5-games off the pace of the Twins in the AL Central. A dreadful 5-13 stretch over their last 18 games hasn’t done them any favors. The month of June (2-7) hasn’t, either.
The last time these two clubs met in May, the Orioles swept them over a three-game set at Camden Yards.
Will the Orioles end their recent woes against the last place ChiSox, or will the hosts get their revenge?
We’re about to find out. Let’s look at the starters:
After allowing four earned runs on eight hits over just 2 2/3 innings in his last start versus Pittsburgh, Miley now owns a 5.52 ERA over his last three outings. The Orioles Southpaw is 1-1 with a 4.24 ERA over six starts away from Camden Yards.
Pelfrey has come alive as of late for the hosts in a big way. Over his last four starts, the veteran owns a stellar 1.68 ERA after allowing just four runs over 21 1/3 innings. In four starts at home, Pelfrey is 1-2 despite owning an impressive 2.84 ERA.
After getting tagged for five runs on seven hits over just four innings in his last outing in D.C., Asher has now gone 1-2 with a woeful 9.49 ERA over his three starts since being named a permanent member of the rotation. He’s 0-4 with a 6.20 ERA on the road this year.
Holland may own a sparkling 2.74 ERA over four starts at home this season, but the former Ranger has been horrid as of late. He’s lost both of his first two starts this month while recording an 18.00 ERA and has gone 0-3 with a 10.38 ERA over his last three outings.
Bundy has been the lone shining star in the Orioles rotation this season, and will be looking for his eleventh quality start of the year in just his thirteenth attempt. Bundy has been handed a 1-4 record over his last five outings despite notching a rock-solid 3.24 ERA.
Gonzalez will be looking to get his season back on track at home where he is 3-1 with a 3.04 ERA over four starts. He’s gone 1-2 with a dismal 6.38 ERA over his last three outings.
Tillman will be looking to erase the memory of allowing a career-high nine runs on seven hits over just 1 1/3 innings in his last outing in the Bronx. Tillman has now gone 0-3 with a 15.30 ERA over his last three starts, and has gone 0-4 with a 9.59 ERA over his last six.
Holmberg recorded his first win in nearly two years after holding the Indians to just two runs on three hits over five solid innings. The former Red was drafted by the White Sox in 2009 and returned home in 2017.
– The Orioles have a few guys with big numbers versus Pelfrey. Seth Smith (9-for-20, 1 HR, 3 RBI), Adam Jones (6-for-15) and Mark Trumbo (5-for-12, 1 HR, 1 RBI) have all crushed the former New York Met, while Chris Davis and Manny Machado are both 3-for-9.
– Despite hitting .325 against him over five outings, the Orioles have never beaten Pelfrey. He’s 2-0 with a 4.23 ERA versus Baltimore.
– Trumbo has also tagged former AL West rival Holland to the tune of a .319 batting average with five homers and 12 RBI. Holland is 5-2 with a solid 3.21 ERA over eight career starts versus the Orioles.
– Trumbo (4-for-13, 2 HR, 2 RBI) has also hit Gonzalez well, as has Smith (4-for-14, 1 HR, 2 RBI), Davis (2-for-5), Jones (3-for-6), Machado (3-for-6) and Jonathan Schoop (2-for-6).
– Over two career starts versus his former club, Gonzalez is 0-2 despite posting a rock-solid 3.55 ERA.
Here’s to hoping the Orioles can blow back on the winning path in the Windy City…