Series Preview: More late-night baseball on tap as Orioles head to Oakland

OAKLAND — At 8-23, the Baltimore Orioles now own the worst record in the American League, and the second-worst record in all of Major League Baseball, only behind the Cincinnati Reds (7-24).

The Birds are in the midst of a six-game west coast trip that began with getting swept by the Angels in Anaheim. The frustrating part about this series, like all season, was that the starting pitching and the offense could not get on the same page. On Monday, Alex Cobb tossed his best outing of the season, but Baltimore was limited to four hits. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Orioles’ offense managed to score seven runs or more, but the starting pitchers (Dylan Bundy and Chris Tillman) gave up at least five runs in their outings. Combined, the two lasted 5.1 innings in their starts.

Tillman’s one-inning effort was the second time this season that the 30-year-old’s start lasted less than two innings.

For the Orioles, the second half of this California trip goes north for a three-game series against the Athletics at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum. The A’s (15-16) come into the weekend sitting in fourth place in the AL West, four games behind the Angels (19-12) and the Astros (20-13). After a nine-game road trip that ended with a 2-1 series loss to the Mariners, Friday begins a six-game Oakland home-stand, with the Astros following the Orioles into the Coliseum.

Last meeting: In 2017, the Orioles went 4-3 against the A’s, with a 2-2 split at the Coliseum from Aug. 10-13. In that series, Adam Jones went 8-for-17 with two home runs and seven RBI. Trey Mancini hit two home runs in a 7-2 win. After going 0-for-5 in the series opener, Manny Machado went 7-for-14 with a home run, RBI double, and RBI single.

Game times and pitching matchups

Game 1: Friday, May 4, 10:05 pm — Andrew Cashner (1-4, 4.76 ERA) vs. Daniel Mengden (2-3, 4.68 ERA) – MASN 2, 105.7 The Fan

Game 2: Saturday, May 5, 9:05 pm – Kevin Gausman (2-2, 4.15 ERA) vs. Trevor Cahill (1-1, 3.00 ERA) – MASN 2, 105.7 The Fan

Game 3: Sunday, May 6, 4:05 pm – Alex Cobb (0-3, 9.68 ERA) vs. Andrew Triggs (2-1, 5.20 ERA) – MASN 2, 105.7 The Fan

Notes on the Orioles:

  • Not that the Orioles have been playing well at home (5-10), but their 3-13 record on the road is worst in the majors.
  • Lifetime against the A’s, Cobb is 4-2 with a 2.33 ERA in 54 innings. The only AL team that Cobb has pitched better against is the Twins, with Cobb sporting a 2.20 ERA against Minnesota.
  • Injured infielder Jonathan Schoop will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie on Friday night. Schoop has been sidelined with an oblique strain suffered in a game against the Red Sox on Apr. 13. Although Schoop suffered a slow start to his 2018 season, he did go 2-for-4 in two consecutive games before injuring his oblique.

Notes on the Athletics:

  • Third baseman Matt Chapman just got named MLB’s defensive player of the month, beating out Jose Ramirez of the Indians and Nick Markakis of the Braves. Chapman is only hitting .243, but has only committed two errors this season.
  • Second baseman Jed Lowrie ranks fourth in batting average in the major leagues at .346. In 127 at-bats, Lowrie has 44 hits, eight home runs, 11 walks, and 30 RBI.
  • Oakland’s Khris Davis is a lifetime .241 hitter vs. the O’s, while Baltimore’s Chris Davis is .272 lifetime versus the A’s.

Image Credit: Boston Herald

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