Jeremy Guthrie will get the start tonight for the birds as they face the power packed Los Angeles Angels. Guthrie will be facing off against ace John Lackey, as Guthrie will try to make it three wins in his last three outings. Guthrie has won his last two outings and has only given up four earned runs. Jeremy Guthrie needs to calm down in the first inning though, as last outing he gave up two quick runs. If he has quality stuff, and the (O)ffense gets it going, the O’s could easily pull off a victory tonight.
Some small stuff here, the O’s are 29-2 with a lead after the eight inning, Brian Roberts stole a base for the first time since June 21, Brad Bergesen has made six quality outings and has recieved a run support of five to six runs 10 of his last 14 starts.
Felix Pie is riding a five game hitting streak in which he is hitting .438.
The pitching matchups for tommorrow are David Hernandez (1-2, 4.19) against Ervin Santana, (1-3, 7.14). Hernandez has pitched well in the spot of Uehara. He has worked into the sixth innnig in all three of his starts and has given up three or less runs in all three. Santana couldn’t make it past the fifth his last outing to the Rays as he gave up six earned runs.
Saturday’s game, at 9:05 sees Jason Berken (1-5, 6.44) squaring off against, Matt Palmer, (7-1, 5.00). Berken struggled during his last outing against the Red Sox going five innings and giving up four earned runs. Palmer also has struggled, but the type of run support he has had, he has been able to live off of giving up four to five runs a game.
For the final game of the series on Sunday, it will be Rich Hill, (3-2, 7.08) throwing against Joe Saunders, (8-5, 4.24). Hill had his worst outing ever on Tuesday against the Sox giving up nine earned in only three and a third innings. If he continues to get pounded, he will be sent down immediately. A stat for Saunders is he is 21-5 on the road in his career with a 2.60 ERA.
Hopefully the O’s get at least two in Los Angeles talk to you next time on the Birds Blog.