The Baltimore Orioles are on the west coast for the next six games in Oakland and Seattle. They are coming off a split against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards. It was a productive series for the Orioles, as they opened the four-game series with a 4-2 win on Monday. Matt Harvey showed up in vintage form for that performance, as he was on point with just 3 hits and 1 earned run allowed through 6 innings.
We haven’t seen that form much from Harvey since he was one of the best pitcher’s in the majors with the Mets. The Yankees have been so hit and miss this season offensively, so it could have been a case of the hitters not caring. Nevertheless, good on Harvey for turning back the clocks for a day.
The Orioles closed out the series with another positive display from the pitching staff. Jorge Lopez and the bullpen held up to deny the Yankees of a series win. Lopez allowed 2 earned runs through 4 innings for a fairly steady performance. It was the bullpen that won the game for the O’s, though. They were strong with just 1 earned run conceded in 5 innings.
With the win, the Orioles moved to 11-14 on the season. Who had the Yankees and Orioles tied at 11-14 going into the end of April? The Yankees are also 11-14 going into Friday night. For Baltimore, this is a team looking to develop their talent and look towards the future. They are not expected to be a contender, but they’ve shown some good things in spots this year.
The Orioles are tied with the Yankees for last in the AL East. The Boston Red Sox continue to lead the division with a record of 16-10 for a three-game advantage on the Tampa Bay Rays. Baltimore expects to give John Means the nod on the hill for the Orioles. Means has been a reliable option for the Orioles this season. He looks to keep it rolling against an Athletics team entering off a 3-2 win over the Rays in Tampa.
Oakland took a split with two wins in four games in St. Petersburg. They opened the series with a 1-run, 2-1 win, and then won the series finale by a run, 3-2. Chris Bassitt pitched a big game for the Athletics with 4 hits and 2 earned runs allowed in 6 innings. The bullpen was even bigger, as they didn’t give up a run in 3 innings to preserve a win to advance to 16-10 on the season. Head below for our free Orioles vs. Athletics pick on April 30, 2021.
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John Means continues to set his ceiling high, which begs the question if his future is going to be in Baltimore. If he continues on this path, Means’ trade value is going to go up more. As a 28-year-old, the timeline for Means and the Orioles may not line up correctly. The Orioles figure to compete in 2024 or 2025. He’d be a perfect fit if the Orioles were contending now. Means goes into Oakland with an impressive ERA of 1.50 and 0.90 WHIP. He’s been one of the biggest dark horse pitchers in the majors so far.
Means isn’t going to get much attention pitching on the Orioles, but he goes about his business well quietly in Baltimore. This has been expected of him in his career. He was a highly touted prospect going into the majors in 2018, but it has taken him a minute to get up to speed. Means posted an ERA of 4.53 and 0.98 WHIP last season, as he was solid, but struggled to keep the ball down and in the park.
He’s been in the best form of his career to open the 2021 campaign. Means has allowed 1 or no runs in four out of his five starts this season. Through his last 13.1 innings on the bump, he’s allowed just 5 hits and 1 earned run. One of which was against the A’s in Baltimore, with Means giving up 2 hits and 1 earned run on Sunday.
The offense has not been giving up the Baltimore pitching staff much run support, though. The Orioles have scored 3.73 runs per 9 innings for 27th in the majors. They’ve scored just 1 run against Mike Fiers in 27 at-bats. The O’s are hitting .250 against Fiers, who is making his first start of 2021 tonight.
Fiers has been reliable for the most part for the Athletics over the last 2.5 years. He posted an ERA of 3.74 and 1.06 WHIP in 53 innings with the A’s in 2018. In his first full season, Fiers was solid with a 3.90 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. Fiers is far from the flashiest hurlier, but he’s a consistent option. I think this one stays UNDER the total in Oakland.