Mariners vs Orioles Series Preview

On June 25, 2018, in Sporting News, by Bud Thornton

felix hernandez marinersAfter unexpectedly winning two of three against the Braves in Atlanta, the Baltimore Orioles (25-53) will now return home to take on the Seattle Mariners (47-31) for a four-game series.

The Orioles have won four of their last seven contests as their bats appear to be heating up after scoring an average of six runs a game during that span. The Mariners have gone just 1-6 over their last seven games but were 12-3 in their first fifteen games in June.

 

Pitching Matchups

Monday, June 25
Felix Hernandez (6-6, 5.14 ERA)
Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.72 ERA)

Note: Cashner has allowed just six runs over his last sixteen innings combined over three starts. Hernandez owns a stout 3.13 ERA over 23 innings pitched through four starts in June.

Tuesday, June 26
James Paxton (6-2, 3.72 ERA)
Kevin Gausman (3-6, 4.38 ERA)

Note: Gausman has gone winless over his last seven starts while going 0-4 with a 6.03 ERA during that span. Paxton owns a 5.73 ERA through four starts in June.

Wednesday, June 27
Wade Leblanc (3-0, 3.26 ERA)
Alex Cobb (2-9, 6.56 ERA)

Note: Cobb has gone 1-2 with a 6.08 ERA through four starts in June. Leblanc has posted a 4.64 ERA through four starts in June.

Thursday, June 28
Mike Leake (8-4, 4.11 ERA)
Dylan Bundy (6-7, 3.75 ERA)

Note: Bundy has gone 4-2 with a superb 2.98 ERA over his last seven starts, while striking out 53 over 48.1 innings. Leake has gone 4-1 in his last seven games and has a 2.17 ERA over 49.2 innings.

 

Players to Watch:

Manny Machado:  the Orioles right fielder continues to have a superb year as he’s batting 301 with 19 homers, 55 RBIs and 36 runs scored.
Nelson Cruz: The Mariners designated hitter is 10-for-16 with two homers, seven RBIs and six runs scored in the last four games.
Jean Segura: The speedy shortstop is hitting .334 for Seattle, with six home runs, 44 RBIs, 52 runs and 14 stolen bases this season.

 

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