Series Preview: Orioles (13-28) vs. Phillies (23-16)

Chance Sisco bats as Philliles coaches watch.

After taking three out of four from Tampa Bay over the weekend, the Orioles will conclude their nine-game stint at Camden Yards by taking on the Philadelphia Phillies for a two-game set before heading up to Boston.

Highlighted by their 17-1 drubbing of the Rays on Mother’s Day, the Orioles (13-28) will look to stay in their current form after winning five of their last six contests. However, the next two against the Phillies would be nice to bank in the win column as they face an upcoming eleven-game road trip.

During their recent run of success over the last six games, the Orioles have outscored their opponents 51-27. This is after starting the month of May on an 0-7 note. Here’s to maintaining the good vibes.

The Phillies (23-16) have gotten off to a surprisingly great start to the 2018 campaign by going 16-12 in April and 7-4 so far in the month of May. Their confidence will be flowing after winning five of six during their latest home stand. They trail the first-place Braves by just a game and a half as a result of their excellent first quarter.

Andrew Cashner (1-4, 4.84 ERA) will take the mound against Nick Pivetta (2-2, 4.15 ERA) in tonight’s series opener.

Cashner turned in a solid start during his latest outing, holding the Royals to three runs over six innings, but took the no-decision. Cashner will look to use that as a building block after struggling as of late. He’s recorded just one quality start in his last four attempts and has gone winless over his last six contests.

Pivetta notched his second win of the season, holding the Giants to four hits over five shutout innings during his last start, and will be looking to keep the ball rolling in Baltimore. He’s allowed two runs or fewer in five of his eight starts on the year.

The Orioles still haven’t named a starter to go against Vince Velasquez (3-4, 5.05 ERA) in the series finale on Wednesday, but the front-runner seems to be David Hess.

Hess earned the win on his MLB debut against Tampa Bay by allowing three runs over six innings while recording five straight shutout innings after giving up a three-run homer to Matt Duffy in the first inning. His winning effort should land him another shot, but stay tuned for confirmation.

After going 1-4 with a 5.70 ERA through six starts in April, Velasquez has wasted no time in returning to form through his first two starts in May. After notching his third win of the season by holding the Giants to three runs over six innings during his last start, Velasquez has won both of his starts this month while allowing just four runs over eleven innings while striking out sixteen in the process.

 

Notes

Manny Machado continues to lead the way for the Birds. Over his last seven games, the O’s star shortstop has gone 10-for-27 with four home runs and 11 RBI.

Adam Jones comes into Tuesday’s contest on a ten-game hitting tear. During that span, he’s gone 14-for-40 at the plate with three doubles, two home runs and four RBI.

Trey Mancini continues to heat up as we hit the ides of May. He’s gone 11-for-30 with three homers and six RBI over his last eight contests.

– Since returning to the team on May 8th, Jonathan Schoop has gone 9-for-31 with two doubles, two home runs and nine RBI over a seven-game stretch.

Odubel Herrera is on another planet this season, and he’s getting hotter as the season rolls along. Over his last seven contests, Philadelphia’s star center fielder has gone 13-for-24 at the dish with three homers and 10 RBI. Over his last fifteen, he’s gone 21-for-54 with five home runs and 15 RBI.

 

That’s all for now, folks!

Here’s to hitting the road on a high note.

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