Drew Pomeranz v. Yefry Ramirez
The Red Sox look like a team that wants a World Series, and they’ve been marking their territory, putting the entire majors on notice.
It’s been weeks since the Red Sox last lost a series (last lost to the Yankees), with the Yankees being the only team that seem to really cause trouble for them. The Red Sox (70-31) broke into 70 wins for the season with a 9-1 whack of the Tigers, completing their fifth series sweep of the month out of a possible six.
The last time the Orioles met the Olde Towne Team, it was a sweep, and given that the BoSox have won every first match of a series this month, other than against the Yankees, there is very little to suggest that this post-All Star meeting will be any different.
Rick Porcello (11-4, 4.13 ERA) will be the starting pitcher in game one. He is a career 2-5 in Baltimore’s Oriole Park. Drew Pomeranz (1-3, 6.81 ERA) has started 8 games, and has not finished any, and will be the man on the mound in game two.
Manny Machado was not going to stay in Baltimore for any longer than he had to, and after a strong debut with the Dodgers, he’ll probably feel his decision was the right one. The Orioles just can’t seem to get any traction, and after a resolute performance against the Yankees, and the Rangers, a sweep against the Blue Jays just reminded everyone of the kind of season they are having.
The O’s have, however, been showing signs of better days, and while moral victories are not why the game is played, it could be what the Orioles need to slowly start building a solid new base. Holding the Yankees and Rangers was a start, and though they got swept by Toronto, the play was not miserable by any means, they kept it close, even holding the lead before letting it slip in the 8th.
The Orioles (28-72) are just 3-7 in their last 10, and will call on right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman (4-7, 4.33 ERA) for game one. Rookie right hander, Yefry Ramirez (0-3, 3.09 ERA), will start for pitchers in game two. The young Dominican has shown some flashes, but is yet to pitch beyond the sixth inning in all his five starts.
Not much can be expected beyond a Red Sox win, but as the Orioles have shown, you’d do well not to count them out, especially against the big names.