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Orioles, Red Sox desperate for improved pitching
Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
- The Orioles' 4.35 ERA in September is their highest since May (4.36), which was their last month with a losing record (14-16). They're 3-3 this season at Fenway Park, where they haven't had a winning season since going 6-3 in 2017.
- Jordan Lyles is coming off his second career complete game and first since Sept. 30, 2012. He surrendered a season-high eight runs over 3.2 IP the last time he faced the Red Sox on Sept. 10 and his 6.98 career ERA against them is his highest against any AL opponent.
- Ryan Mountcastle is 8-for-15 (.533) during a four-game hitting streak but has just one home run in his last 19 contests. He has two hits in his last 17 at-bats against the Red Sox after batting .359 with three homers and seven RBI in his first 10 games against them this season.
- The Red Sox have dropped five in a row, matching their longest losing streak in a non-pandemic season since an eight-game slide from July 28-Aug. 4, 2019. They've also lost six in a row against divisional opponents and their 20-46 record against AL East foes is their worst since division play began in 1969.
- Connor Seabold pitched a career-high 5.0 IP in his last start on Sept. 21 after missing two and a half months with an injured forearm. His 9.78 ERA through five major league starts is the highest in Red Sox history.
- Alex Verdugo is 7-for-21 (.333) with a homer and five RBI during a five-game hitting streak and ranks seventh in the AL with a .326 batting average since Aug. 5. He's also batting .333/.353/.394 in his last seven games against Baltimore.
- Harper has surgery, to miss start of '23
- Astros' postseason share a record $516K
- Red Sox give LHP Rodriguez 1-year deal
- Rangers hire Maddux as pitching coach
- Red Sox acquire INF/OF Park from Pirates
Through two of the four games in the series between the Baltimore Orioles and the host Boston Red Sox, the scoring swings already have been off the charts.
It's difficult to know what might come Wednesday night when the teams meet again in Boston.
Baltimore won 14-8 on Monday. Boston led 13-8 through four innings on Tuesday on the way to a 13-9 victory.
The Orioles might be inclined to summon more pitching after miserable mound outings in three of the past four games.
"That's something we'll be talking about," Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. "We have some taxi squad guys here."
Given that the Orioles had a three-game stretch last week when they needed the bullpen to record just one out -- two complete games and another 8 2/3-inning stint from a starter -- it's a bit perplexing that pitching has fallen into such a bind in such fast fashion.
Boston has won just three of its past 10 games. In two of those victories, the Red Sox posted 13 runs.
Some of the power surge for the Red Sox has come from Triston Casas, a rookie first baseman who has five home runs through his first 20 games.
"He controls the strike zone," Boston manager Alex Cora said. "He's not letting the strike zone control him. The numbers will get there. We like the approach. We like the process."
The Orioles could say the same thing about outfielder Anthony Santander, who has homered six times across his past four games. He finished 3-for-5 with two homers, three runs and three RBIs on Tuesday.
Baltimore also received a boost from Ramon Urias, whose 3-for-3 effort included a home run. He missed the previous two games because of neck and shoulder spasms. Terrin Vavra might be available on Wednesday as he comes back from a hamstring ailment, Hyde said.
The Orioles will hope that right-hander Dean Kremer (8-5, 3.07 ERA) can restore some order. After all, he is coming off a four-hit shutout of the Houston Astros on Friday.
"This may not happen again in my career," Kremer said following his first career complete game and shutout. "For me, the most important thing is rhythm and tempo."
Since Kremer's gem, the Orioles have allowed 38 runs across four games.
Kremer has faced Boston four times in his career, all starts, going 0-3 with a 7.23 ERA. He has opposed the Red Sox twice this year, posting an 0-1 record with a 4.09 ERA.
Left-hander Rich Hill (7-7, 4.65 ERA) gets the nod for the Red Sox. He blanked the Orioles across five innings on Sept. 11 for his only victory across five starts this month.
He also was hammered for six runs in four innings in a May 30 home loss to the Orioles, though that came about a month after he threw four shutout innings at Baltimore.
Hill, 42, is 16 years older than Kremer. Hill, a member of the 2009 Orioles, is 4-1 with a 2.80 ERA in 18 all-time appearances, including eight starts, against Baltimore.
This will be the second-to-last meeting of the season between the teams. Baltimore leads the season series 9-8.
--Field Level Media
Updated September 28, 2022