(03/07/2018, 7:05 pm EST)
Baltimore Orioles vs Philadelphia Phillies – Alex Cobb v. Zach Eflin
The Orioles are looking to take a confident win against the Angels as a blueprint for a better run.
The Angels were thinking sweep, and the Orioles were probably thinking it too, but then a six-run inning and a robust pitching show from Gausman showed all the character of Baltimore as they clamped the Angels 8-2 and ended their seven game losing streak.
Manny Machado who is rumored to be on his way out of Baltimore, hit his 21st home run of the season, and the Orioles (24-59) had four in total, after the Angels had taken a 1-0 lead. This was only their second win at home in 19 games, and their first win against a team from the AL in 16, but you couldn’t have known judging from their beaming faces, there were positives to take from the game for sure and the character shown to clinch the win definitely gave the team something to rally around.
Alex Cobbs (2-9, 6.75 ERA) will be the man on the mound after their day off on Monday, as they take on the Phillies. Darren O’Day decided surgery will be the best option for his hamstring and the price to pay will be the rest of the season, while Colby Rasmus is expected back after sitting the last game with illness.
If you are familiar with basketball and the NBA then you’ll know what we mean when we say THE PROCESS is well and alive in Philadelphia and who knows what the future holds. The Phillies (45-37) took 3 of 4 against the Nationals and claimed the series in Washington as well, meaning they are 5-2 against the defending NL East champs. Catcher, Andrew Knapp believes this was the telling sign that they are legitimate in their bid to make a push for the division and more. Sitting second of the NL East and three games clear of the Nationals in third place, the Phillies go into this interleague series against the Orioles with confidence and swagger.
The Phillies bullpen (0.60 ERA, 13 strikeouts) was instrumental in their wins over the Nationals and will have to put on a similar show if they wish to make light work of Baltimore. Zach Eflin (6-2, 3.02 ERA) will start on the mound against Cobbs, with starting pitcher, Velasquez, out with a forearm contusion.
You would not be amiss to think the Phillies are too strong for the Orioles, but then again, a resurgent Baltimore team looking to set the marker for what they want the next half of the season to be, may well become a thorn if Philadelphia lets confidence hype into cockiness and complacency.