The Baltimore Orioles have had a terrible season but it seems that they have the Mets’ number this season.
Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Tim Beckham each drilled home runs as the woeful Orioles backed a strong effort by starting pitcher Andrew Cashner to defeat the New York Mets 6-3 in the opener of this two game set. The Orioles also defeated the Mets at Citi Field on June 5 & 6 and they will have an opportunity for a rare sweep this season on Wednesday.
Wheeler is Rolling
Before Tuesday’s loss to the Orioles, the Mets won their second straight game and their fourth in their last five after defeating the Yankees 8-5 in a make-up of a previously postponed game. Amed Rosario, Jose Bautista, Todd Frazier, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto all hit homeruns for the Mets during that victory. Jacob DeGrom earned the victory while Robert Gsellman got the save for the Mets.
Zach Wheeler gets the start for the New York Mets on Wednesday. The 28 year old from Smyrna, GA has started a total of 22 games this season and has a record of 7-6 with an ERA of 3.82 and a WHIP of 1.22. The right handed hurler has been rolling for the Mets as of late.
Wheeler had his scoreless streak of 23 innings snapped last Friday as he gave up two runs on four hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in seven innings pitched in a 6-2 win over the Marlins. However, Wheeler has now won his last five starts and he has recorded an ERA of 2.08 WHIP of 0.87 and a K:BB ratio of 34:6 across 34.2 innings pitched in those five starts.
The right handed Wheeler is 3-0 in his last three starts with an ERA of 0.90 and a WHIP of 0.75 with three walks and 24 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched over that period. In his only start against the Orioles, Wheeler had a no-decision during the Mets’ 0-1 loss last June 6 at home. He gave up only three hits, one walk and five strikeouts in seven scoreless innings pitched.
New York Mets vs Baltimore Orioles 8/15/18
Odds: New York Mets +140, Baltimore Orioles -160
Odds from Betonline.ag as of 8/15/18
A Long Season
It’s been a long season for the Baltimore Orioles who enter this series with a record of 35-84. Baltimore is fresh off being swept by the Boston Red Sox in a four game set. With the loss, the Orioles are now a mammoth 49.5 games behind the Red Sox in the American League East division. Baltimore has as many wins as the Red Sox have losses so that just says how awful they have been this season.
Tuesday was one of the rare moments this season where Baltimore has played well. Starting Pitcher Andrew Cashner allowed just two runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts in seven innings of work. Cashner retired 10 straight batters before a single by Jeff McNeil in the fourth inning. Meanwhile, the offense responded with six runs on 11 hits including 3 homers.
For the Orioles, it is going to be right-hander Zach Bundy who is going to open on top of the mound. The 25-year-old Bundy has logged in 22 starts this season and has a record of 7-10 with an ERA of 4.70 and a WHIP of 1.31. Bundy is coming off what is probably his worst pitching performance of the season against the Boston Red Sox last Friday.
Bundy pitched five innings and gave up eight runs, seven of which were earned, on eight hits (including two home runs) and four walks while fanning only three batters. Bundy was in trouble right from the beginning as he yielded a three run homerun to Xander Bogaerts in the top of the first inning. Bundy gave up two more runs in the fourth and then after giving up a leadoff homer by Brock Holt followed by a hit and a walk, he was relieved in the top of the sixth inning.
Entering this series, the New York Mets are 4-2 overall in their last six games and 4-1 in their last five games played on a Wednesday. On the other hand, the Orioles head to this interleague set at home losing 10 of their last 12 interleague games.
Wheeler is definitely rolling right now with five wins in a row and he is proving his worth after not being dealt by the Mets at the trade deadline. Bundy has allowed at least five earned runs in four out of his last six outings and has posted a 7.71 ERA over that period.
Bundy was shell shocked in his last outing but has a better match-up here than against the high powered Red Sox. Despite having a 3-0 record against the Mets this season, the Orioles are having such a bad year. This should go down to pitching and I like Wheeler’s streak and think that it continues here.
We’re picking the New York Mets to beat the Baltimore Orioles on 8/15/18.