A little interleague MLB action on Saturday evening and the American League East will duke it out with the National League West as the Baltimore Orioles tangle with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. This is game two of a three-game series and it has a start time of 9:10 pm ET.
Pitching Matchup: Andrew Cashner (4-2, 4.14 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Orioles and the Rockies will counter with Kyle Freeland (2-5, 6.02 ERA).
(This Was Written Prior To Last Night’s Game)
Orioles On Pace To Shatter Record For Most Homers Allowed
Shatter may not even be the right word in this instance. They are on pace to completely “obliterate” the MLB record for most homers allowed in a season. The Orioles will enter Friday night’s contest having allowed 107 homers so far and that puts them on pace for 247 homers on the year. The MLB record is 28 set by the 2016 Cincinnati Reds. We will note that 36 of their homers allowed have come against the Yankees, but still, they are giving away homers at wholesale this year. This may not be a good park for the O’s to playing but we do note that Coors field has yielded just 60 homers on the year, which is tied for 15th in the league. Despite that, Coors field is tops in the league in runs per game at 12.85 rpg and the Orioles have the worst ERA in the league. They will have their work cut out in this series.
The Orioles will enter Friday night off of a four-game set with the Yankees at home and they lost all four games. They have lost their last six in a row and will enter Friday night having allowed 8.80 rpg in their previous five games. The O’s are now 2-10 with a 7.20 ERA in 12 games against the Yankees this year so far. Unreal. In the finale, the Orioles lost by a score of 6-5 and leading their attack on offense was Renato Nunez, who had two hits, including his 10th homer of the year, and three RBIs. Dylan Bundy got a no-decision after allowing three ERs on five hits and two walks while striking out five in 5.2 innings of work. Taking the loss was Mychal Givens, who allowed one ER on one hit and three walks in 1.0 innings of work to fall to 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA on the year.
GOODBYE, HOME RUN. HELLO, TIE GAME. pic.twitter.com/Nq6gcNMobR
— Orioles on MASN (@masnOrioles) May 23, 2019
Toeing the rubber for the Orioles will be Andrew Cashner and he has gone 4-2 with a 4.14 ERA in 10 starts on the year, including 2-2 with a 5.10 ERA in six starts on the road. In his career, he has gone 19-44 with a 4.86 ERA in 139 games (91 starts) on the road and 9-17 with a 3.91 ERA in 47 games (33 starts) during the month of May, plus 7-10 with a 3.36 ERA in 29 games (22 starts) in interleague play. Cashner has gone 3-4 with a 6.32 ERA in 15 games (10 starts) against the Rockies in his career, including 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in nine games (five starts) against them here at Coors Field.
The Orioles have a rather poor offensive team so far as they come in ranked 24th in the league in scoring, putting up 3.94 rpg, while also ranking 23rd in hitting at .235 and 20th in homers with 59. On the mound, they have been very poor as they come in ranked 30th in the league in ERA at 5.77, while also ranking 29th in WHIP at 1.48 and 29th in K’s with 378. The bullpen ranks 29th in the league with a 6.04 ERA.
Rockies Can’t Complete Sweep In The Steel City
The Colorado Rockies will enter their game on Friday night off of a three-game set with the Pirates in Pittsburgh and after winning the first two games, they were crushed in the finale by a score of 14-06. The Rockies had won the first two games of the series by a combined 14-3 count. The Rockies needed to play well in that series after coming into it having lost their previous four games in a row. Colorado will now look to play well against one of the worst teams in the league. The Colorado offense averages a solid 5.95 rpg at home and it could have a field day against the team with the worst offense in the league. The bad news for the Rockies is that they have allowed 6.90 rpg here at home for the year and we could see the Baltimore offense get going some in this hitter’s park.
As I stated above, the Rockies lost their finale against the Pirates by a score of 14-6. The Pirates jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first and they had an 8-0 lead after four before the Rockies countered with a six-run 6th to close the gap to 8-6. That was all the excitement for Colorado as the Pirates put the game away with a six-run 7th. Taking the loss for Colorado was Antonio Senzatela, who allowed eight ERs on nine hits and three walks in just 3.1 innings of work to fall to 3-4 with a 6.21 ERA on the year. Brendan Rodgers and Daniel Murphy each had two RBIs to lead the offense. The Rockies will enter their game on Friday night at 22-26 on the year and 9.0 games out of first in the NL West.
6️⃣ in the 6️⃣ᵗʰ
Let's goooo!! pic.twitter.com/rwZUOAHA27
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 23, 2019
Taking the hill for the Rockies will be Kyle Freeland and he has gone 2-5 with a 6.02 ERA in 10 starts on the year, including 1-2 with a 7.36 ERA in four starts here at home. In his career, he has gone 17-12 with a 3.51 ERA in 38 games (35 starts) here at Coors Field and 6-4 with a 4.48 ERA in 14 starts during the month of May, plus 6-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 10 interleague starts. He has never faced the Orioles.
Colorado has been a solid offensive team so far as they come in ranked 8th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.15 rpg, while also ranking 13th in hitting at .251 and 19th in homers with 61. On the mound, they have been poor as they rank 25th in the league in ERA at 5.01, while also ranking 24th in WHIP at 1.42 and 25th in K’s with 395. The pen for the Rockies ranks 14th in the league with a 4.06 ERA.
- 2-8 in Cashner’s last 10 road starts vs. a team with a losing record
- 11-42 in their last 53 road games vs. a team with a losing record
- 4-1 in their last 5 interleague home games vs. a right-handed starter.
- 20-8 in their last 28 home games vs. a right-handed starter