The Baltimore Orioles fly out to Seattle after they got swept by the Kansas City Royals over the weekend. It wasn’t a pretty display the O’s put on, as they lost three of three games by a combined margin of 23-7. This was after they swept the Blue Jays, so that’s just life as a bad baseball team. Just when you think things are going well, it’s back to getting your face punched in. The Royals aren’t a good team by any means either, so that makes the sweep even worse.
Baltimore waved the white flag when they traded Manny Machado to the Dodgers. It was a good career for Machado in Orioles, but management failed to help him out. Mainly, they didn’t provide any pitching to help the offense. Adam Jones survived the trading block, but there isn’t much of a reason otherwise to go to Camden Yards to watch the O’s play if you’re a fan. Jones got the day off yesterday, but has been playing hot recently. He helped the O’s sweep the Jays with a grand slam last week.
The year may be over for the Orioles, but the Mariners have an outside shot of going on a run and taking the last wildcard in the American League. It’s going to be difficult, as they are 5.5 games in the hole heading into tonight. They are still wondering how the Athletics came all the way back to steal their spot. The M’s looked like shoo-ins earlier this season, but in Mariners’ fashion, they watched another team pass them. The Orioles in town should present a nice opportunity to play a bit of catch-up in the American League. Even then, it’s unlikely they have enough in them to overtake the A’s. Head below for our free Orioles vs. Mariners pick and the rest of our writeup.
Baltimore Orioles vs. Seattle Mariners Pick
Josh Rogers (1-0, 5.40 ERA) vs. Erasmo Ramirez (1-3, 6.28 ERA)
Josh Rogers will make the second start in the major leagues against the Mariners tonight. The Orioles are getting a look at what some guys from Triple-A ball can do. Rogers had a so-so start to his career in the majors, but the O’s secured a 12-5 win over the Blue Jays.
He allowed 7 hits and 3 runs across 5 innings for a 5.40 ERA and 1.60 WHIP. Rogers escaped trouble to get out of it without getting hammered in his debut. He had a 3.54 ERA and 1.29 WHIP before making the jump to the big leagues. The Orioles will be putting him through another audition in Seattle tonight.
Erasmo Ramirez will start opposite Rogers, who watched his year go from good to terrible in 2018. Ramirez enters with an ERA of 6.28 and 1.50 WHIP. However, what he’s done on the road isn’t indicative of his effort in Seattle. Ramirez has a putrid ERA of 7.23 on the road, but that number increases all the way to 1.80 at home.
In his last two starts in Seattle, he held the Dodgers and Indians in check for 2 runs allowed in 13 innings. Additionally, Ramirez has done a fine job against this Orioles’ lineup. They are hitting just .183 with 2 long balls in 93 at-bats. The Mariners need a strong series against the Orioles and hope that the Yankees can help them out in Oakland. At the very least, I see the Mariners cruising past the O’s for at least a 2-run win.