Baltimore and Tampa Bay wrap up their series on Thursday at Tropicana Field. The Orioles have struggled a lot in their recent six-game road trip, but did salvage both series. The Rays continue to be streaky, getting swept against the White Sox last weekend.
Starting pitching has been dreadful for the O’s recently
Baltimore’s pitching struggled mightily to open up their series against Texas, but they at least kept things to single digits over the weekend games. Over their last five games, the starters have been miserable with a 10.61 ERA, cooking up the 8.14 team ERA. The offense has seemed to figure things a bit after the All-Star break and it looks like they won’t be worse than the 1962 New York Mets (40-120 record), but a lot of losing is ahead.
Probable starter: Right-hander David Hess (2-6, 6.41 ERA)
Similar to Andrew Cashner’s recent start, Hess was horrific in his outing against Texas on Friday. He gave up seven total runs (five earned) on six hits through just 3.1 innings. His strikeout ratio has been at least different in the last three starts (8 K’s to 2 BB’s).
Robertson likely lost for season after thumb injury
After a successful start to their homestand against the Los Angeles Angels, who have recently seen their manager step down, they faltered against a now only mediocre Chicago White Sox club. They scored just three total runs in back-to-back losses and still lost 8-7 in the series finale. In comparison, they had 21 total runs against the Angels. Shortstop Daniel Robertson (.262 avg) missed most of the prior series with a thumb injury and is likely out for the season.
Probable starter: To be announced
It’s unknown what setup man Tampa Bay will pluck out there to start the game. There’s not a real rotation to who the Rays use, but an option on the table could be Ryne Stanek if he doesn’t start on Wednesday. He last appeared August 3rd against the White Sox and struck out five while giving up no runs