Series Preview: Orioles (19-48) vs. Marlins (26-43)

Kevin Gausman pitches in Sarasota.
GulfBird Photo/Craig Landefeld

After getting swept against the Red Sox, the Orioles will now conclude their home stand by taking on the Miami Marlins for a three-game set over the weekend.

The Orioles (19-48) nightmare campaign continues to fall deeper into the abyss. Their current seven-game losing streak is the sixth time that they’ve lost five-plus games in a row and the third time that they’ve lost seven-plus straight. They’ve also won just twice over their last sixteen contests.

The Marlins (26-43) should be coming into town feeling good after taking three of four from their latest series against the Giants. They’ve also won six of their last ten ballgames and will look to continue to rack up the wins at Camden Yards despite being in the cellar of the NL East.

Kevin Gausman (3-5, 4.58 ERA) will take on Jose Urena (1-8, 4.59 ERA) in tonight’s series opener.

Gausman turned in a quality start by holding the Blue Jays to three runs over 6 2/3 innings during his last outing, but has been struggling in recent times. He’s gone 0-3 with a 7.37 ERA over his last five contests.

Urena took the loss his last time out after giving up three runs over six innings against the Padres, and will continue to search for his second win of the season against the Orioles. He’s gone 1-2 with a 4.97 ERA over his last five outings.

Alex Cobb (2-8, 7.23 ERA) will match-up against Wei-Yin Chen (1-3, 6.13 ERA) on Saturday.

Cobb was tagged for nine runs over just 3 2/3 innings during his last start versus Toronto, and will be looking for a quick bounce back against the Marlins. Things seemed to be turning around for Cobb as he had allowed just four runs over thirteen innings in the two starts prior to his last, but is now back to square one after his fifth start of allowing five runs or more.

Chen coughed up four runs over just 4 1/3 innings in his last start against San Francisco, and will be looking to end the misery against his former ballclub. Over his last three starts, Chen has allowed ten runs over just 10 1/3 innings combined.

Dylan Bundy (4-7, 3.66 ERA) will go up against Trevor Richards (1-3, 4.41 ERA) in Sunday’s series finale.

Bundy was outstanding during his last start against Boston and allowed just three hits over eight shutout innings, but was no-decisioned in the Orioles eventual loss after the offense let him down yet again. Bundy has been tremendous over his last four starts, going 2-1 with a sparkling 0.96 ERA.

Richards earned his first career major league win after holding the Giants to one run on two hits over six innings, and will be looking to notch another against the Orioles struggling line-up. Over his last three contests, Richards has posted a superb 2.30 ERA over 15 2/3 innings of work.

That’s it for now, folks!

Here’s to ending the losing skid.

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