Series Preview: Orioles (19-45) vs. Red Sox (44-22)

baseball players trot around the bases as the pitcher watches.

After getting swept during a gut-wrenching four-game set in Toronto, the Orioles will now return home and take on the Red Sox over the next three games at Camden Yards.

The Orioles (19-45) will be looking to break out of the darkness at home, but it won’t be easy as they’ve gone 1-9 over their last ten games against the Red Sox. To make matters worse, they’ve also gone just 2-11 over their last thirteen contests.

The Red Sox (44-22) will continue battling the Yankees in the two-horse race for division supremacy, and will be looking to bounce back after losing two of three at home to the White Sox. However, the ‘Sox come into Baltimore in fine form with a 16-8 record over their last 24 ballgames.

Dylan Bundy (4-7, 4.04 ERA) will take on Steven Wright (2-0, 1.57 ERA) in tonight’s series opener.

Bundy earned his fourth win of the season by holding the Mets to just three hits over seven shutout innings in his last start, and will look to extend his superb run of form against the ‘Sox. Over his last three starts, Bundy has gone 2-1 with an outstanding 1.23 ERA. During that span, he’s allowed just three runs over 22 innings of work while notching 25 strikeouts in the process.

Wright will be making his second start of the season against the O’s, and will be looking to impress again. He shut down the Tigers and allowed just two hits over seven scoreless innings during his first start on June 5th.

David Hess (2-2, 3.07 ERA) will match-up against Eduardo Rodriguez (7-1, 3.68 ERA) on Tuesday.

Hess turned in yet another impressive performance in Toronto and allowed just a single run on five hits over six innings, but was robbed of the win due to the Jays ninth-inning comeback and eventual victory.

The Orioles red-hot rookie owns a spectacular 0.96 ERA over his last three outings after allowing just two runs during his last 18 2/3 innings on the mound.

Rodriguez continued his own red-hot streak during his last start by holding the Tigers to one run on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. He’s now won four straight contests and has recorded a sparkling 1.90 ERA over 23 2/3 innings during that span while racking up 26 strikeouts.

Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.98 ERA) will go head-to-head with Chris Sale (5-4, 2.83 ERA) in the series finale on Wednesday.

Cashner turned in his second straight quality start against the Jays by allowing three runs on nine hits over six innings, but still ended up in the loss column. He’s ended up in the win column just once since April 5th, mainly due to a lack of run support.

Sale was outstanding against the White Sox and allowed just a single run on six hits over eight innings, but still took his fourth loss of the season. The Red Sox ace is in the middle of another stellar campaign as he’s held opponents to three runs or less in twelve of his fourteen starts while notching eight-plus strikeouts on ten separate occasions.

That’s it for now, folks!

Here’s to ending the losing skid.

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