With home runs continuing to add up against the Orioles’ pitching staff, the Colorado Rockies went yard for the win on Friday at Coors Field. Trevor Story smacked a 2-run dinger in the bottom of the 9th to give the Rockies the win, 8-6. It was his second long ball of the game, as the aerial assault on Baltimore pitching continued last night. The Orioles have allowed 100 home runs in a season faster than any other team in Major League Baseball history.
Balls have been flying out of the yard this season, but there has been none worse in preventing them than the O’s. The lack of help on the bump has resulted in a struggle to win many games in Baltimore. It’s a rebuilding process, but putting up a fight and giving teams a challenge helps. The Rockies had to wait until the 9th inning to get past the Orioles, so they at least made it an entertaining game on Friday.
If you like watching balls fly out of the park then the Orioles have been an entertaining team to watch all season. Fading the Orioles has been particularly entertaining and profitable for sports bettors. They head into Saturday on a seven-game losing streak with losses in 14 of their previous 16 contests. There doesn’t appear to be any relief in sight for the Orioles. Expected but I don’t think they expected to be breaking records they don’t want anything to be associated with.
Andrew Cashner will hope to throw some water on the flames on Saturday. He hasn’t been doing much to help, though Cashner has been far from the worse culprit in their rotation. The Orioles might actually be able to use him as trade bait to add depth for a team who needs it in their rotation. Colorado will counter with Kyle Freeland. The third-year pitcher has been struggling to find a rhythm after mowing through the competition in 2018. Head below for our free Orioles vs. Rockies pick.
Baltimore Orioles vs. Colorado Rockies Pick:
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For a team struggling to keep the ball in the park, Coors Field is the last place a pitching staff wants to go. It’s a bad break for the Orioles that they have to go to Denver during this dreadful streak. Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story combined for 4 home runs last night, as they each went deep twice. The most important of the two was the 2-run shot by Story for the walk-off win in the 9th.
The O’s have reshuffled the chairs on the sinking ship by sending Dan Straily to the bullpen, but don’t expect anything to change. Cashner will hope to reverse the trend this evening, though. He’s been okay with an ERA of 4.14 and 1.31 WHIP in 54.1 innings. Cashner has been pitching like one of the best pitchers on the staff recently with a 3.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in his last three showings.
Cashner has been trying to find some footing on the road, however. He enters Coors Field with an ERA of 5.10 and 1.43 WHIP on the road. Cashner hasn’t pitched in Colorado since 2015 when he was with the Padres. He gave up 7 hits and 4 runs in a 7-5 win. The Rockies have made easy work of Cashner in his career, as they are hitting .337 with a .367 OBP in 101 at-bats. His counterpart this evening, Kyle Freeland, has been pitching like he belongs on the O’s staff. Freeland has gotten ripped for an ERA of 6.02 and 1.43 WHIP in 52.1 innings of play.
He has had zero control at home in Denver with the runs piling up and getting a bit worrisome for the Rockies. Freeland enters this contest with an ERA of 7.36 and 1.45 WHIP in 22 innings. In his previous 13.2 innings in Colorado, he’s allowed 15 hits and 11 runs. The OVER has gone 5-0 in the O’s last five games for good reason. Their pitching is terrible, but at least the offense has been out there competing. Expect another high-scoring contest with a play on the OVER a solid bet.