SEATTLE — The Orioles annual west coast trip is about to come to a close. This is great news for fans since we can finally go back to watching games at a reasonable hour, but it is also good news for the team. So far the Orioles have not won a series on their west coast trip, and they are falling slightly behind in the wildcard race. It’s no secret that the Orioles play better at home. They need to get back to Camden Yards with a wildcard spot still in reach.
Seattle finds themselves in almost the exact same position as the Orioles. While the Mariners currently sit a little higher up in the standings, they are preparing to go on a lengthy road trip of their own in the coming days. After these three games against the O’s, the Mariners will not play another home game until the beginning of September. The time spent away from Safeco Field could end up detrimental to a team looking to make a playoff push.
Last Meeting: This marks the first series between the Mariners and Orioles in 2017. When these teams faced off at the beginning of July last year, the Mariners swept the Orioles in four games. It was a devastating stretch for the O’s, especially since they entered the series with a seven-game win streak.
Standings Update: The Orioles (58-60) enter the final series of their west coast trip two games below .500 and a half game behind their opponent, Seattle (59-60). Dropping two games against the Angels, and then splitting their series against Oakland is not exactly the end of the world, but the O’s certainly don’t want to lose any more ground.
Game Times and Pitching Matchups:
Notes on the Mariners:
- Gallardo will face his former team for the first time since being traded this past off-season. This spring, the Orioles traded a struggling Gallardo to Seattle for outfielder Seth Smith. Gallardo is in the middle of his tenth career season, so he has made two starts against the O’s before. In those appearances, Gallardo is 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA.
- Nelson Cruz represents another former Oriole that has seen success when playing against Baltimore. In 53 games against the O’s, Cruz holds a .356 average with ten home runs and 44 RBI’s.
Notes on the Orioles:
- If you’ve been watching the Orioles the past few weeks, you’re aware that the offense has been playing very well. However, you might be surprised to know that the Orioles lead the American league in a handful of offensive categories since the All-Star break including home runs, batting average, doubles, and OPS.
- Shortstop Tim Beckham still hasn’t lost a step since joining the Orioles. In 13 games with the O’s Beckham has a .491 batting average with seven doubles and nine RBI’s.
Up Next: The Orioles will have Thursday off as they return from their lengthy road trip. After the off-day, the O’s prepare to face off against the Angels and A’s for the second time this month. The Birds will definitely be looking to get some revenge against both teams as they failed to win either series this past week.
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