The O’s sit a game back of the Yankees for the AL East lead, and with 15 games to go, the division is wide open. Baltimore has the Mariners for three, the Red Sox for six, the Rays for three and the Jays for four games to round out their season. Nine of them are on the road. MLB odds in the first game against the Mariners favor the O’s; will the final two as well?
In Game 1, the Orioles have Bruce Chen heading to the mound, and the Mariners will counter with Hector Noesi. Noesi has been awful this season, so let’s hope that the birds can start the series off right with a win.
In Game 2, Chris Tillman will take on Erasmo Ramirez. In 11 starts this season, Tillman is a spectacular 7-2, with a 3.39 ERA. Both Tillman and Ramirez have played well this season, so this game should be very competitive.
Finally, the rubber game will have Joe Saunders on the mound for Baltimore, and the King himself, Felix Hernandez, will counter him. Hernandez has lost his only starts against the Orioles this season. He lasted only 5.1 innings, and he gave up eight hits and four earned runs. So don’t look at this one as not winnable, even though Hernandez is one of the best pitchers in the game. He has been in a terrible September funk. He is 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA I three starts in September.
The O’s might need a sweep to keep pace with the Yankees, who open up against the Jays this week. Baltimore could very well win all three of these on the road.