The Baltimore Orioles had the bats working early and often last night against the Diamondbacks. They rattled off 7 runs in just two innings to jump ahead 7-2 in the 3rd inning. That is how the game would end, with the Diamondbacks celebrating a 7-2 win. The offenses were silent from there and the Orioles had a rare complete win Tuesday night.
Merill Kelly was pretty well responsible for every run in the game. Along with allowing 7 runs in just 2.1 innings, Kelly was responsible for the only RBI’s for the Diamondbacks. He ripped a single to score a couple of runs. It was the first RBI of his career, but Kelly had little to celebrate last night. That’s a game to throw in the trash and forget about for Kelly and the D-backs.
Despite the loss, they’re only 3 games back of a wildcard at 51-51. They haven’t been a great team by any means, but the rest of the National League are playing bad enough to keep them in the hunt. A .500 record in late July shouldn’t have anyone sniffing the postseason, but the Diamondbacks and the rest aren’t complaining.
It’s just no one is really taking them seriously, along with several other teams within striking distance. Even the Giants, who are just 2 games back now, are contemplating getting rid of their ace. Not even their front office is confident that keeping Bumgarner will make a difference for a long postseason run.
It looks probable that he’s out the door despite a couple of games back. The Blue Jackets were in a similar position in the NHL. They ultimately didn’t trade and became buyers. It helped get them to the playoffs, but they’re in a predicament now with expiring contracts and no prospects to show for it. Another young pitcher will take to the bump this afternoon, as rookie Taylor Clarke is scheduled to get the start for the D-backs. Fellow rookie, John Means, is expected to counter for the O’s. Head below for our free Orioles vs. Diamondbacks pick.
Baltimore Orioles vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Pick:
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For the Orioles, they have nothing to lose the rest of the way. These games are about developing young talent and finding out who wants to be a part of their lineup next season. It’s an extended debut for a lot of guys on the roster. Training camp isn’t long, so this provides an early look for some prospects. John Means is a rookie who has had 20 appearances to show that he belongs in the starting rotation next season.
All things considered, Means has been solid with an ERA of 2.95 and record of 8-5. A record of 8-5 on this team is pretty impressive considering they are a 32-68 team. He does, however, enter with a lackluster ERA of 4.74 in his previous three games. The long ball has been hurting him, as he’s surrendered 4 home runs in his last 12 innings of work.
This should be a tough game against a Diamondbacks’ offense who have thrived against lefties. Arizona are one of the best in the majors hitting left-handed pitching, with a .287 average on the year. In their last ten games, the D-backs have been hitting well with a .266 average overall. However, the pitching has been getting destroyed, allowing 32 runs in their last five outings. The O’s scored 7 runs last night, which was the fourth game in the Diamondbacks’ previous five that they’ve allowed at least 7 runners to cross the plate.
Taylor Clarke hasn’t suggested with his effort recently that anything is going to change Wednesday for the Diamondbacks for their pitching department. Clarke has gotten rattled for a 6.57 ERA, .404 OBA, and 1.86 WHIP in his previous three outings. That’s consistent with what he’s done over the course of ten starts as a rookie hurler in 2019. The desert hasn’t treated him better, as he owns an ERA of 7.56 and 1.80 WHIP at home. In his previous 11.2 innings at home he’s yielded 12 runs. There is some value on the OVER here with a total of only 9 between the Orioles and Diamondbacks here.