The Orioles broke their lengthy road losing streak during this past weekend’s series against Boston. However, that win would be the only one they got in a four game set. The O’s just couldn’t handle the division leading Red Sox resulting in some disappointing loses like Sunday afternoon’s series finale, where they outhit Boston 13-12 but failed to score a single run.
Now the O’s find themselves entering another four game road series against the White Sox. Fortunately the Chicago South Siders are struggling just as much, if not more, than the Orioles so far this season. The White Sox are coming off of a series win over Texas but hold a 5-10 record in their last 15 games.
As we know the Orioles are in a similar boat, sitting right next to the White Sox at the bottom of the American league standings. Both teams are floating just above .300 in terms of win percentage and hold two of the worst run differentials in all of baseball. If anything this four game set should be evenly matched.
When will the good news come?:
Ever since the O’s got off to a terrible 8-20 start in the first month of the season, fans have been wondering when the team would switch to a rebuild mentality. When will management come to terms with this flawed team and start making the trades necessary to compete in the future? Early this month Dan Duquette said the benchmark for evaluating the team would be Memorial Day. With that evaluating point just one week away, the Orioles are still basement dwellers with no signs of changing drastically.
Game times and pitching matchups:
Notes on Orioles:
- Joey Rickard has sparked debate among Orioles fans since making his major league debut in 2016. He has his supporters but probably more than his fair share of detractors as well. Regardless of how you feel about Rickard and his legitimacy as a starter, he is making the most of his time with the O’s so far this season. The 27-year-old outfielder has started in six games over the last month and holds a .333 batting average in that span. His two home run, five RBI performance on Mothers Day has accounted for most of his numbers but overall his at bats have been pretty good. In a lineup full of free swinging batters, Rickard has struck out just four times in 24 plate appearances.
- Coming out of a terrible month of April there was not much hope for the O’s. Mark Trumbo and Jonathan Schoop found themselves on the disabled list early this season but their returns have not changed much. Trumbo is batting .274 with six home runs since coming back on May 1st but has taken just one walk, which doesn’t compliment his 19 strikeouts very well. Schoop has yet to heat up as well. In 12 starts this month, the O’s second baseman has had some timely hits to gather eleven RBI’s but is only batting .220
Notes on White Sox:
- The White Sox have been experiencing some major consistency issues with their starting rotation this season. Of the four pitchers with at least eight starts this year, only one (Reynaldo Lopez) has an ERA below 4.50. With Miguel Gonzalez on the disabled list and Carson Fulmer getting sent down, the White Sox will turn to Hector Santiago and Dylan Covey to make some starts in this weeks series. Santiago is a veteran pitcher but hasn’t been a consistent member of a rotation since 2016. Covey, on the other hand, is a young pitcher who has yet to win a game at the MLB level and holds a 7.58 ERA in 13 career starts with the White Sox.
- First baseman, Jose Abreu will be a player to watch out for this week. Mookie Betts got the best of the O’s once again this past weekend and continued to crown himself the official Oriole killer but Abreu might be just as dangerous. Despite facing him less than Betts, Abreu holds a .379 average with seven homers and 17 RBI’s against Baltimore since 2014.
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