Dodgers Land in Baltimore for Interleague Matchup Against Orioles

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On their final East Coast road trip of the 2019 regular season, the Dodgers will begin a three-game set against the orioles on Tuesday in Baltimore.

It’s no secret the Orioles are one of the worst clubs in the bigs, sitting in last place in the AL East with a 46-97 record and trailing the division-leading Yankees by a whopping 48 games.

The Orioles lost five straight contests. Most recently, they were swept at home by the Rangers in a four-game series that concluded on Sunday.

Regardless, the Orioles’ lowly record does not mean they are without talent. They have an impressive young core and currently flaunt 10 players who have double-digits in long balls, led by Trey Mancini with 30, Renato Nunez with 29 and Jonathan Villar with 20.

Among players with the minimum AB, second baseman Hanser Alberto is the leader on the squad with a .321 average, and his 147 base hits are second only to Villar’s 154.

Nunez leads is the team leader with 81 RBI.

Lefty starting pitcher John Means marshals the pitching staff with 10 wins and is first on the club among all starters with a 3.50 ERA.

As far as team numbers go, the Orioles are 12th in the American League in run production. Their 5.76 team ERA ranks dead last in the AL, opening the door for the Dodgers to do some heavy damage at the dish this week.

Los Angeles enters the series having lost two of their last three games at home against the Giants. The Dodgers are in a position to clinch the NL West with a victory on Tuesday evening, regardless how second-place Arizona fares.

Before the beginning of play on Tuesday, Los Angeles has a narrow three-game lead over the Braves for home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs.

The Boys in Blue have been slumbering a bit at the plate lately. Part of the cause has been due to the absence of Max Muncy, coupled with the fact that several regular players are dealing with some untimely cool streaks offensively.

Muncy could conceivably be in line for a return sometime next week. In the meantime, rookie Gavin Lux has been seeing most of the starts at the keystone, but the 21-year-old Wisconsin native is just one for his last 15 after going 2-for-5 in his MLB debut against the Rockies on September 2.

In the opener on Tuesday, Walker Buehler (12-3, 3.28 ERA) will face old lefty foe Ty Blach (1-2, 10.95 ERA). Wednesday will see swing man Ross Stripling (4-4, 3.52 ERA) battle the aforementioned Means. In the finale on Thursday, Rich Hill (4-1, 2.55 ERA) will return to the bump for the Dodgers and square off against righty Dylan Bundy (6-13, 5.06 ERA).

Expect the ball to be flying in Baltimore, as Camden Yards perennially ranks as one of the Top 3 home run-friendly parks in the majors. Coincidentally, the Dodgers rank third in the bigs this season with 255 long balls, trailing just the Twins (275) and Yankees (270).

The weather forecast is setting up to be unusually warm for the Mid-Atlantic area this time of the year. By mid-week, highs are predicted to be in the low nineties with very uncomfortable levels of humidity.

I will be attending Wednesday’s contest—if you happen to be around the Baltimore area this week, feel free to shoot me a note on Twitter, stop by and say “hello.”

18 thoughts on “Dodgers Land in Baltimore for Interleague Matchup Against Orioles

  1. As a matter of fact, I have an appointment at the VA in Baltimore this week Dennis. Oh… wait… that’s in Long Beach. Never mind.

    The Os have a lot to play for in this series. With a couple wins they can close that 48 game gap between them and the Yankees.

    We should win all these games by a wide margin.

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      1. Boy are you right about that Gordon. I’ll be happy to take 2 out of 3 the way we’ve been playing.
        Hot and humid won’t help our guys either since they’re used to playing in beautiful SoCal weather.

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    1. Rios played 3rd at OKC a few times. He is definitely trade fodder. Dennis, they are playing the Mets this weekend, not the Rays. The Rays are in LA next week after the Rockies. They should take 2 of 3. The Yanks and Astros are 2 games ahead of them for best over all record. They do miss Muncy’s bat, Cody slumping and generally a 2 1/2 week malaise has not helped. Like I said the other day, it is eerily similar to 2017. Where I thought a month ago that they had a shot at breaking the team record for wins, I do not think that happens unless they go on a real streak. 17 games left and they need to get to 106 to set the record means they would need 13 wins. Of course it would also mean they were hot going into the playoffs. I would settle for a real hot streak the last week.

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      1. Ríos has played all over but mostly at third. I think that is where he projects. I ask again – why is he here?

        Never mind. I looked it up myself. Turner has a sore ankle. It was also mentioned Ríos could DH in Baltimore but I doubt it.

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      2. Your welcome! They clinch in Baltimore. Seager 2 HR’s 5 ribbies! Lux gets his first big league dinger. Buehler strikes out 10. Good game. Hangovers tonight.

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  2. They need to be hot in the playoffs too or you can just forget the end of the month. The Braves have been hot for a couple of weeks. I can’t see them carrying that on for much longer. Tonight’s line up..Pollock, LF, Freese, 1B, Taylor, 3B, Bellinger, CF, Hernandez, RF, Seager, SS, Smith, C, Pederson, DH, Lux, 2B.

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