Sunday afternoon on the MLB diamond and the American League East will duke it out with the National League West as the Baltimore Orioles grapple with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado in game three of their three-game series.
Pitching Matchup: Toeing the slab for the Orioles will be David Hess (1-6, 6.75 ERA) and he will be opposed by German Marquez (5-2, 3.38 ERA).
(Was Written Prior To Last Night’s Game)
Orioles Serve Up Four More Round-Trippers
The Baltimore Orioles have had many issues in serving up the long ball so a trip to Coors Field is not the best thing for them. We do note that coming into this series, Coors Field was just middle of the pack in terms of homer, but we also note that the Orioles had yet to play here. In game one of this series, the Orioles wrapped three homers, while serving up four. They have now allowed 111 home runs on the year and that puts them on pace to surrender 352 dingers on the season. That will obliterate the previous record of 258 homers allowed in a season, which was set by the 2016 Cincinnati Reds. This is a horrible team on the mound for sure and they are likely to serve up a few more in this series.
The offense hasn’t been great, but Coors Field will help most offenses put up some runs and the Orioles did score six in the opener. It just wasn’t enough. The Orioles had 10 hits in the game with three of them coming from Hanser Alberto, while Dwight Smith Jr (9), Keon Broxton (1), and Renato Nunez (11) all went deep for Baltimore. John Means got the start and allowed three ERs on seven hits in 5.0 innings of work to take a no-decision. Mychal Givens (0-3, 5.64 ERA) took the loss. The Orioles will enter their game on Saturday with the worst record in baseball and they are already 18.5 games out of first in the American League East.
Crushing in Coors! Dwight Smith Jr. hits one out for a 4-1 lead. pic.twitter.com/oz3dbdZH6g
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) May 25, 2019
Toeing the rubber for the Orioles will be David Hess and he has gone 1-6 with a 6.75 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) on the year, including 1-3 with a 4.78 ERA in six games (five starts) on the road. Hess has allowed 17 round-trippers on the year overall, including eight on the road. In his career, he has gone 2-10 with a 5.08 ERA in 19 games (17 starts) out on the road and 2-4 with a 5.48 ERA in eight starts in May, plus 0-2 with a 7.02 ERA in four games (three starts) in interleague play and 1-6 with a 5.83 ERA in 12 games (10 starts) in the daytime. Hess has never faced the Rockies.
The Orioles have a rather poor offensive team so far as they come in ranked 23rd in the league in scoring, putting up 3.98 rpg, while also ranking 23rd in hitting at .236 and 19th in homers with 62. On the mound, they have been very poor as they come in ranked 30th in the league in ERA at 5.83, while also ranking 29th in WHIP at 1.49 and 28th in K’s with 386. The bullpen ranks 29th in the league with a 6.17 ERA.
Story Lifts Rockies In Game One
The Colorado Rockies are trying to claw their way back to the .500 mark and a home series against the Orioles is a good way to start. Still, Baltimore led for much of game one before the Rockies rallied and eventually won on a two-run homer by Trevor Story in the bottom of the 9th. It was his 2nd of the game and 13th of the year. Nolan Arenado also had a big game with two homers and he now has 13 on the year as well. It would have been an embarrassing loss for the Rockies as the Orioles are clearly the worst team in the league at the moment.
So, Trev hit his 100th homer in his 448th game. How far did No. 100 travel?
448 ft. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/x9nGf1ns34
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 25, 2019
The offense continues to be solid for the Rockies, especially at home where they have averaged 6.05 rpg and that leads the league. They will look to keep their offense rolling against this horrid pitching staff that is on pace to crush the record for most homers allowed in a season. Grabbing the win in game one was Scott Oberg (2-0, 1.69 ERA). Jeff Hoffman continues to struggle as he now has an 8.10 ERA on the year after allowing five ERs on seven hits and two walks in 5.0 inning of work in game one, but he was bailed out by his offense. Colorado needs to win games like this as they are currently nine games out of first in the National League West.
The Rockies will trot out German Marquez and he has gone 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 11 starts on the year, including 2-1 with a 5.34 ERA in five starts here at home. In his career, he has gone 15-10 with a 4.82 ERA in 37 games (36 starts) here at Coors Field and 9-3 with a 3.34 ERA in 14 starts during the month of May, plus 5-0 with a 2.52 ERA in 10 interleague starts and 11-9 with a 3.84 ERA in 29 day starts. Marquez 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 5.20 rpg, while also ranking 10th in hitting at .253 and 17th in homers with 65. On the mound, they have been poor as they rank 24th in the league in ERA at 5.03, while also ranking 24th in WHIP at 1.41 and 25th in K’s with 405. The pen for the Rockies ranks 13th in the league with a 4.01 ERA.
- 11-43 in their last 54 road games vs. a team with a losing record.
- 15-62 in their last 77 road games vs. a right-handed starter
- 20-8 in their last 28 home games vs. a right-handed starter
- 9-2 in Marquez’s last 11 home starts vs. a team with a losing record