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That Baltimore Orioles travel to Comerica Park to play the first game in a four-game series with four games against Detroit Tigers Thursday evening. The Orioles are expected to send rookie left-handed Alexander Wells to the mound, while the Tigers count with right-handed Casey Mize making his 20th start of the year.
Wells Pitches admirable in Spot Start
Alexander Wells allowed three earned runs over 5 2/3 innings in a non-decision Wednesday versus Rays in his last appearance. Wells was brought in for an emergency after Keegan Akin was placed on the COVID list. He actually did quite well in the eventual loss to Baltimore. He knocked out seven hits and issued only two walks, but gave up five hits, including a pair of solo homers for Randy Arozarena. He brings a 4.35 ERA and 1.55 WHIP into this matchup with the Tigers.
Baltimore has had a difficult season so far, which was expected with a complete rebuild. They come into this game with a 34-65 record and have been routinely crushed in the pitch division. Coming into play on Wednesday night, they rank the bottom five in all baseball in the staff ERA, WHIP, walks allowed, race against, home run allowed and stroke average against. With the Orioles virtually out of contention already, expect them to call some of their younger arms up into their farm system to measure what they have for the future. It has been a memorable season for the boys in orange.
Mize Average vs. Royals
Casey Mize struck decently in a no-decision against the Royals on Saturday, allowing four runs on six hits across 4 2/3 innings of work. Mize knocked out six at night while only issuing a free pass. He hit much better than the final line indicated when a three-run homer by Salvador Perez chased him in the fifth inning and represented most of the damage against him. Mize will carry a 3.63 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in this favorable matchup against an awful Orioles lineup.
After a deplorable month of April, the Tigers have come together well in the first year of manager AJ Hinch’s long – awaited reconstruction. Coming into play Wednesday afternoon, they are a respectable seven games under .500, but still track the White Sox with 13 games for first place in AL Central. Detroit was not expected to be competitive this year, but they have been a cruel club through the first three and a half months and will be tough on competitors trying to get easy wins down. The Tigers are finally pulling up after years of
- The Tigers are 7-2 in their last nine home games against the Orioles
- The Tigers are 4-0 in their last four home games against a left-handed starter
- The Orioles are 2-7 in their last nine road games against the Tigers
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