The Texas Rangers got behind early last night with Mike Foltynewicz on the bump and never recovered. It was a 5-0 game going into the bottom of the 5th when the Rangers finally got on the board with a couple of runs to pull within 3 runs going into the 6th. However, that is how the game would end, with the Orioles getting this three-game series started at Globe Life Field with a 5-2 win.
The Rangers were returning home after three of four wins over the Rays in Tampa Bay and didn’t look interested in playing. They made Jorge Lopez look like an important fixture of the Orioles’ rotation. Meanwhile, Lopez is nothing more than a filler during this rebuilding phase for the Orioles. He’s only had a handful quality starters throughout his career, that being one of them.
Foltynewicz was tagged for 7 hits and 5 earned runs in 5 innings of work. The Texas bullpen did its job, as they didn’t allow the Orioles to record a hit for the rest of the game. They put the offense in a position to complete a comeback, but the Rangers routinely left runners on the bases stranded. You can blame Foltynewicz for the loss, though the offense did diddly squat against a pitcher they should have had success against.
Scoring more than 5 runs against Lopez and the Orioles’ bullpen shouldn’t have posed too many problems. In any case, they might have been due for a sloppy performance after taking care of the Rays in three straight games. Over the course of a 162-game season, there are going to be games where there is no energy.
The Orioles will look for back-to-back wins in Texas at Globe Life Field on Saturday night. With the win last night, they’ve advanced to 6-8 on the season. Nothing to get too excited about, but progress is the only thing that the Orioles are looking for in 2021. It has been since 2016 the last that the Orioles finished above .500. They crashed in 2018 with a record of 45-117 and have been trying to recover since.
Dean Kremer is expected to get the starting nod for the Orioles on the bump. Kremer, who received his first action in the major leagues last season, has struggled to find his footing in two starts in 2021. He is looking to bounce back after a couple of rough outings versus the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees. The Rangers are expected to go with Dane Dunning, who is out to make the White Sox look foolish. Head below for our free Orioles vs. Rangers pick on April 17, 2021.
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The Orioles are hoping that Dean Kremer is due for a breakout game one of these days. It’s hard to get a read for guys getting their first taste of major league action. Some guys really do well initially, and others struggle out of the gate. Neither is a perfect indicator for the future. Kremer posted an ERA of 4.82 and 1.45 WHIP through 18.2 innings last year. It’s tough to get a read on a pitcher with those numbers in just 18.2 innings of work.
The sophomore season is always important, and Kremer hasn’t gotten off to a solid start. He has recorded an ERA of 10.50 and 2.33 WHIP through 6 innings of work against the Yankees and Mariners. In his most recent showing, the Mariners scored 4 earned runs on Kremer through 3 innings on the hill. He allowed a .357 batting average against the Yankees, and then the Mariners did about the same with a .346 average.
This is consistent with what Kremer was doing in spring training. He had a 6.32 ERA and 1.60 WHIP through 15.2 innings of spring training ball. The Orioles afforded him plenty of work in spring training to get on track. He made five starts in spring training, and didn’t look like he was ready for the big leagues. However, the Orioles don’t have the best depth in their rotation, so Kremer is being thrown into the fire. After a poor performance last night, expect the Rangers to look better at the plate Saturday night.
White Sox fans are trying to tell themselves that trading for Lance Lynn was the right move, and it might be true, but so far it looks like they might have allowed a good young pitcher to get away. Lynn may not even be in Chicago past this season, as he will enter free agency. Dunning showed promise last season with a 3.97 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. Teams hit .197 against Dunning in 34 innings.
He came out in good form this spring training, ending the campaign with a 2.16 ERA and 0.84 WHIP to give confidence to the Rangers that they made a good move. Dunning has continued to perform at a quality level in the regular season. Dunning has allowed only 5 hits and 1 earned run in 9 innings of work. He also owns a 0.78 WHIP, with the Blue Jays and Rays hitting .156 against him. Look for the Rangers to respond with a win to tie this series up and force a rubber match on Sunday.