Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (62-59 SU, 59-62 RL, 48-64-9 O/U) vs. Baltimore Orioles (59-62 SU, 61-60 RL, 61-57-3 O/U)
MLB: Saturday, August 19, 2017, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland, 7:05 pm ET
Lines: Baltimore -152, Anaheim +142; Over/Under: 9
It’s the continuation of a three game series between a pair of teams in the American League playoff race in the Inner Harbor. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play the second of three games as they take on the Baltimore Orioles Saturday night. Anaheim split a two game interleague set with the Nationals, winning the finale of the set 3-2 on the road Wednesday. Baltimore lost the rubber game of their three game set in the Pacific Northwest against the Mariners, falling 7-6 Wednesday. The pitching matchup for Friday’s series opener saw Andrew Heaney take the mound for the Angels against Baltimore’s Jeremy Hellickson. First pitch in that game was set for 7:05 pm ET.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Fighting to Maintain Wild Card Hold
Anaheim won for the seventh time in their last eight games by splitting their series with the Nationals on the road. The Angels entered Friday half a game ahead of the Royals for the second wild card spot in the American League. In Wednesday’s game, the Angels had only four hits but they were enough: Luis Valbuena (run, RBI) had two hits while Kole Calhoun (run, two RBI) and Mike Trout (run) had the other hits. Ricky Nolasco (6-12) picked up the win after allowing two runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts over 5.2 innings. Cam Bedrosian worked the ninth for his sixth save of the season.
J.C. Ramirez takes the mound for his 27th appearance and his 24th start of the year for the Angels in this contest. He is 10-10 with a 4.26 ERA, a 1.348 WHIP, 47 walks and 106 strikeouts over 141.2 innings of work on the year. Ramirez recorded a no-decision in his last start, which came on the road against the Mariners last Saturday. He threw five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts in a 6-3 Angels win. Ramirez is 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA, a 1.40 WHIP, seven walks and nine strikeouts over 20 innings in his last three starts. He makes his fourth career appearance and second start against the Orioles in this contest: he is 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA and a 1.615 WHIP over 8.2 innings of work. Ramirez has no record with a 5.40 ERA and a 2.40 WHIP over 1.2 innings in two career relief appearances at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Baltimore Orioles Trying to Climb Wild Card Standings
Baltimore lost for the third time in four games and looks to regroup to continue to charge up the wild card standings. The Orioles entered Friday three games behind the Angels for the second wild card spot. Tim Beckham (run, two RBI), Chris Davis and Chris Gentry (run, RBI) each had two hits in the game for Baltimore. Beckham hit his 17th homer of the season in the loss. The Orioles were fortunate to stay in the game, in part thanks to turning four double plays. Ubaldo Jimenez (5-8) took the loss as he was tagged for six runs on eight hits with a walk and two strikeouts over 4.1 innings.
Kevin Gausman logs his 27th start of the year for the Orioles in this contest. He is 9-8 with a 5.08 ERA, a 1.60 WHIP with 56 walks against 132 strikeouts over 140 innings of work. Gausman picked up the win in his last start, which came Monday on the road against the Mariners to improve to 6-1 in his last 10 starts. He threw seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts in an 11-3 Baltimore win. Gausman is 1-1 with a 3.26 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, four walks and 20 strikeouts over 19.1 innings in his last three starts. He makes his fifth career start against the Angels in this contest. Gausman is 1-2 with a 5.11 ERA and a 1.459 WHIP over 24.2 innings of work. He is 19-12 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.231 WHIP over 54 appearances, 46 starts, totaling 288.1 innings at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in his career.
- Angels are 10-21 in their last 31 road games vs. a team with a losing record
- Orioles are 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning record
- Orioles are 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30
- Orioles are 4-1 in their last 5 home games vs. a right-handed starter
The Orioles have to have some success in this series if they want to stay in the wild card race: if they were to lose the series, they would drop four or six games behind the Angels depending on how things unfolded. Ramirez has struggled a bit of late as he’s thrown more innings this season than he had in his three previous big league seasons combined. Gausman is on a roll of late as he’s really gotten on track over the last two months or so after a dismal start to the year. Look for him to keep his strong trend going as the Orioles get the victory.