The Baltimore Orioles frustrated a whole lot of people in their series against the Yankees. With obvious money coming in on the Yankees throughout those four days, the O’s took in a split in that one. They beat Sabathia and Tanaka to make life pretty miserable for the juice drinkers backing the Yankees. That doesn’t extinguish the fact that the Orioles are a 26-69 baseball team.
It was a good series for the O’s, but the bad news is that it’s one of the very few that went their way. Baltimore were edged out by the Rangers by a score of 5-4 on Friday night. That’s life as a bad team. You play a team like the Yankees and get some wins, and then struggle to defeat the 41-54 Rangers who aren’t going anywhere.
The Rangers and Orioles will be sellers at the trade deadline. Adam Jones of the Orioles will likely be one of the most sought-after player. Another of course being Manny Machado. Rumors are swirling that the Indians are major players to acquire Jones from the Orioles. If Jones is the only move the Indians make at the deadline, it’s not going to be enough to overtake the top teams in the American League.
However, if they do fix the bullpen, whether it’s Andrew Miller coming back hot or acquiring a reliever, the Jones trade would end up looking a lot better. Sorry to the Indians, but a bullpen that is ranked 30th, which is last in the majors, is not going to cut it. Jones is hitting .275 with 10 home runs for the Orioles. Pitcher Martin Perez will be pitching for his career in Texas over the next few months. He’s been a major disappointment and must get something going soon. Perez will take the mound opposite Yefry Ramirez on Saturday. Get our free Rangers vs. Orioles pick below.
Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick
Martin Perez (2-3, 9.67 ERA) vs. Yefry Ramirez (0-3, 5.40 ERA)
The second-half isn’t going to mean much to the Rangers, but for Perez, a lot is going to be riding on how he performs. He’s been an average pitcher throughout his career, with an average ERA of around 4.50 in the last four years. Perez has gone off the grid in 2018, though, with an abysmal ERA of 9.67. This will be his first start since hitting the DL in April.
He allowed 7 runs against the Rays and 8 against the Angels. Overall, Perez enters with a 2.37 WHIP and .462 OBA as well. Perhaps his injury has something to say about the bad numbers, but he was never a good pitcher to begin with. In 136 at-bats, the Orioles are hitting .316 with 6 long balls against Perez.
Yefry Ramirez hasn’t been around nearly as long as Perez. Ramirez has pitched in four major league games, while Perez has been in the majors since 2012, all with the Rangers. Ramirez has had control issues at home, with an ERA of 4.72 compared to a 1.80 ERA on the road. He lasted 4 innings in his last outing, as he got knocked for 9 hits and 4 runs in 4 innings of work.
Ramirez reached 92 pitches in just 4 innings, so the Yankees made him work. He has averaged over 20 pitches per inning in two of his four starts. It’s going to be hot and humid in Baltimore, with the breeze expected to be blowing out. I expect to see some runs in this one, making a selection on the OVER appear like the play at Camden on Saturday.