The Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles will conclude a three-game AL East set Sunday afternoon from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Rays will give the starting nod to 26-year old right-hander Yonny Chirinos, and the Orioles will respond with 33-year old right-hander Tommy Milone. Baltimore came through with a 6-3 win in Friday's series opener. They also beat the Rays on Saturday night 5-4 in 11 innings. They go for the sweep on Sunday.
Chirinos Stellar in First Start, Aims for Fifth Career Win vs. O's
Yonny Chirinos will be on the hill, eying his second victory of the season. Chirinos was sharp in his season debut on Tuesday night, limiting a terrific Braves lineup to one run (zero earned) in five innings in a game the Rays won 4-1. The third-year right-hander has quietly produced outstanding numbers with the Rays. He tallied a 3.85 ERA and a sharp 1.05 WHIP accompanied by a 9-5 record in 133.1 innings pitched last season. Chirinos held the Orioles to five runs in 19.1 innings in 2019 and stands at 4-2 with a 3.21 ERA in 33.2 career innings against the AL East foes.
The Rays do not have any big stars, but they have benefited from a steady contribution from their entire lineup. Brandon Lowe is thriving, sporting a .300 average with six RBI’s on the season, and also owns a 1.01 OPS. The 26-year old third baseman hit a solid .308 with five RBI’s in 26 at-bats against the Orioles in 2019.
What's good: B. Lowe got his first homer on the year— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 1, 2020
What's even better: For every home run @Sweet_n_Lowe5 hits this season, he and his wife, Madison, will donate $100 to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay https://t.co/dq4rX1eq9W pic.twitter.com/Sh94Akg7dO
Tampa Bay rebounded from their season-opening loss to the Blue Jays by winning four consecutive games which included a four-game series split against a good Braves team, but have since dropped three straight games heading into Saturday. They are well managed and have a strong pitching staff.
The Rays stand 10 overall with an average of 5.13 runs on the season. They are sporting a 3.60 team ERA, good for 10th in all of baseball.
Milone Roughed Up in O's Debut, Makes Second Start
Baltimore will give the nod to Tommy Milone in the series finale. Milone was roughed up in his season debut on opening day, squandering four runs across three innings against the Red Sox. The veteran left-hander joins the Orioles after spending last year with the Mariners. He struggled, logging a 4.76 ERA although he did register a strong 1.12 WHIP. The Rays hit Milone hard in 2019 as he has squandered nine runs in nine innings, and stands at 3-4 with an awful 6.75 ERA in 38.2 career innings against Tampa Bay.
Watch for Renato Nunez in this one. The 26-year old first baseman was able to get to the Rays tough pitching last year, earning a .319 average with 10 RBI’s in 69 at-bats, and posted two base hits in Friday's win. Nunez has tallied three RBI’s along with a .250 average so far this season.
🔙 to 🔙 pic.twitter.com/GFHe9Rkl4A— Baltimore Orioles 😷 (@Orioles) August 1, 2020
Baltimore was able to come away with a series win at Fenway Park in their first series which was followed by two postponed games. They were swept in a mini two-game series against the Yankees this week.
The Orioles are averaging a solid 5.17 runs per game, ranking them ninth overall. They bring an awful 6.45 ERA into this one, placing them 29th in the Majors.
The Tampa Bay Rays are:
- 4-0 in Chirinos' last 4 starts.
- 4-0 in Chirinos' last 4 Sunday starts.
- 13-5 in their last 18 games against the AL East.
The Baltimore Orioles are:
- 7-16 in their last 23 games against the Rays.
- 27-61 in their last 88 home games.