The Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles step up on Wednesday night for game 2 of their interleague matchup at Camden. The Orioles edged the Pirates out by a score of 6-5 in extras last night. It took a comeback effort from the O’s to make it happen, as they ultimately won off a Mark Trumbo single in the bottom of the 10th inning.
The Orioles are in a highly competitive division, with the Yankees leading the way with a 1 game lead on the Red Sox. With a win last night, the Orioles are 2.5 games out of 1st place. It’d be great for baseball if the American League East came down to the Yankees and Red Sox, but we’ll see if the Orioles have anything to say about that.
In the American League as a whole, the Houston Astros are running away from everybody else at the moment. The ‘Stros have already eclipsed 40 wins on the year, which is more than anyone can say. The next closest team in baseball is the Colorado Rockies over in the National League. The Rockies? Oh yeah, the Rockies. Every time I mention that to anybody who hasn’t really been following the 2017 season, there is a confused look on their face.
For the Orioles, though, there are no surprises here. They’re 30-26 which is just about where everybody forecasted they’d be on June 7th. Not great, but good, which basically sums the Orioles up across the last five years or so. Wade Miley takes the hump on Wednesday for the O’s, as he seeks to improve on one of the best starts to his career.
If he holds the rest of the season down, it’d equate to the best ERA of his career. Miley came into the majors with the Diamondbacks in 2011 and saw his best years in 2012 and 2013. Since then, Miley has failed to keep his ERA under 4.00. He’s on pace in 2017, but we’re only in early June. Enough rambling, let’s get to our Pirates vs. Orioles pick below.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick
Chad Kuhl (1-5, 6.02 ERA) vs. Wade Miley (2-3, 2.82 ERA)
Yesterday was a wash for us, as Ervin Santana didn’t get the start, leading to Hector Santiago getting demolished on the mound. We get a refund on the wager, so we turn out attention to tonight with a winner on our mind. Miley brings a 2.82 ERA to the party tonight at Camden Yards. What has stood out most with him has been his ability to pitch in Baltimore. He’s been one of the best home pitchers in the majors, with a 1.01 ERA across 26.1 innings pitched.
Miley held down two quality offenses in two of his last three starts. Against the Red Sox he gave up just 5 hits and 1 run in 7 innings. His opponent tonight, Chad Kuhl, will go get the nod for the Pirates. He’s been erratic, all over the place. In two of his last ten starts, Kuhl allowed 0 runs, but in three he allowed 9, 6, and 5. The Bucs are 26-32 and the postseason potential from years past is fading away. That confidence and step they once had is gone. Andrew McCutchen is hitting just .232, which has to improve for a player of his caliber.
They could never get past the wildcard, and it seems like they will have to wait a while to get that chance again. The Pirates are a poor 12-19 on the road, while the Orioles are 20-10. Also, note that the Bucs have had a heck of a time trying to hit left-handed pitching. They’re BA is just .212 against lefties in 2017. In their last ten games, that batting average is .194. I think the Orioles have a good chance at putting together another win against the Pirates tonight.
PICK: ORIOLES (-145)