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Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles
Where and when: Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland, Monday, 1:05 pm EST
The Detroit Tigers will continue their nine-game road trip by visiting Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, on Monday afternoon in game one of a three-game set with the Baltimore Orioles. And while the Tigers have won four of the last five games versus Baltimore, they dropped two of three games in April of last year at Camden Yards.
With the finale of a three-game set versus the Mets slated to wrap up yesterday, look for the Tigers, winners of just one of their last nine games, to atone for a 5-4 loss on Saturday that tied the series. And while Ryan Carpenter picked up the no decision in the slim loss, he was solid on the hill in allowing just an earned run in five innings. Jason Vargas took the no decision for the Mets as he also pitched five innings while allowing just one earned.
Miguel Cabrera continues bat over .300 on the year for a dismal offensive squad for Detroit, which averages 3.42 runs per game. Third baseman Dawel Lugo (.259) was also a much-needed source of offense in going 4-7 at the plate. However, the pitching could find no answers for Wilson Ramos, who went 3-4 while bringing in four RBI’s in the win for New York.
In fact, Detroit has scored three runs or less in seven of their last ten outings, overall; Yet, were able to plate nine runs in their opener with the Mets before falling in game two after posting another four. Nonetheless, the Tigers continue to be miserable in batting just .226 as a team while continuing to remain close to the cellar of the AL Central division, just ahead of the lowly Kansas City Royals. Furthermore, they are losers of eight of their last twelve road games.
The Orioles have been as equally atrocious in winning just two of their last ten. The offense continues to be up and down on the year; However, one would only need to examine the pitching for the Orioles in which to develop a reason as to why they continue to reside in last place within the AL East while also being losers of nineteen of their last 25 games at Camden Yards.
Baltimore will also be seeking to win their first series in a month when they play the finale of a three-game road set versus the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. Their offense was able to post nine runs in game two as the team was able to tie the series thanks to a big day by Jonathan Villar, who went 3-5 on the night while also having three RBI’s. Hitting leader Trey Mancini also went 2-4 in the contest as he has four hits, total, along with two doubles, a homer, and three RBI’s in the series.
Andrew Cashner (5-2) was able to pick up his first victory in over a month in game two versus the Rockies despite allowing five earned runs on eight hits during five innings of work. The Orioles, as a unit, have not only been generous on the year in allowing a tad under six runs per game to their opponent, but, during their current skid, are permitting an average of 7.7 runs per game, overall.
Orioles will send Ynoa to the mound
Reliever Gabriel Ynoa (0-1) will try his luck on the mound versus the Tigers in the opener of this series on Monday. The right-hander has pitched a total of seventeen innings this year while his downfall has been an inability to prevent teams from getting on base as he possesses an elevated ERA of 5.53 in 2019. In all, one can certainly look to mechanics as being the reason for him allowing ten earned runs in his last 4.6 innings (including two homers). Nonetheless, despite some promising innings here and there, Ynoa has struggled much throughout the season as the team has dropped four of the last five games when he has taken the hill.
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) May 26, 2019
On the positive side, he has pitched much better at Camden Yards lately in allowing just four earned in 7.3 innings of pitching. He is coming off a 2.1 inning performance at home versus the New York Yankees on May 22nd as he allowed a homer in the 7-5 defeat. This will be his first matchup versus the Tigers as the right-hander will pull his first start since September 27th, 2017, which happened to be a 5-3 loss on the road versus the Pittsburgh Pirates to where he allowed four earned (two homers) in just three innings of work.
Tigers uncertain as to who they will send out for opener
No pitcher has been determined for the Tigers for the opener on Monday. However, one can certainly say that the team continues to be plagued by injuries to their pitching rotation. Tyson Ross along with Jordan Zimmerman has been the latest pitchers to populate the list as Zimmerman is not due back in the lineup until next month as he is suffering from an elbow injury. On the other hand, Ross is out indefinitely also with an elbow injury. And while the staff has been able (and willing) to carry the water for a team that has struggled much on the offensive end, they are beginning to show signs of breaking down at this point.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 4, 2019
The Tigers pitching has allowed five runs (or more) in its last six games. Spencer Turnbull (2-3) along with Matthew Boyd (4-4) have been the leaders of the unit in 2019 as each possesses decent ERA’s at 2.68 and 3.10. However, Turnbull has not picked up a win for the month of May while Boyd has not only came up on the losing end in two of his last three starts, but, had allowed seven earned runs in two losses before getting the no-decision at home in a loss versus the Miami Marlins after pitching seven while allowing just five hits.
- BAL is 14-37 in their last 51 home games.
- BAL is 28-72 in their last 100 overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will slightly back the Tigers in this contest as they will attempt to calm the bats for an Orioles team that continues to rank near the bottom of the league, offensively. Again, the Tigers have been just as awful, however, as long as the rotation along with bullpen for the Orioles continue to stink it up on the hill, look for opponents to continue to pound them, whether at home or on the road.
Prediction: Pick: Detroit Tigers
Full-Game Total Pick
The fact is that while the Orioles have suffered on the hill much more than the Tigers lately, both teams have had bouts of inconsistency on the mound entering the opener on Monday. With that being said, look for there to be some runs scored on both sides in this instance as Baltimore has allowed thirty-two runs in their last four games, alone.
Prediction: Pick: Over