2016 Game 44: Orioles at Angels

5-22-16 

GAME PREVIEW

Baltimore Orioles (26-15, 1st AL East) at Los Angeles Angels (19-24, 3rd AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium-day

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 68F, Wind SW 8mph

Pitching Matchup

Ubaldo Jimenez (2-4, 5.60 ERA)

Ubaldo Jimenez delivers a pitch during the second inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 13, 2016 (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Ubaldo Jimenez delivers a pitch during the second inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 13, 2016 (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Jimenez has had quite an up & down season as he’s had a few very good starts spotted in with several poor ones. The Orioles don’t quite know which pitcher they will get on any given day, but lately it’s been more poor than good. His last time out against Seattle he lasted just 4 1/3 innings allowing 6 runs on 5 hits to take the loss in a game the Orioles lost 10-0. Jimenez has failed to go more than 5 innings in 3 of his last 4 outings.

~VS~

Jered Weaver (3-3, 5.76 ERA)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during the second inning of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Angel Stadium on May 12, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during the second inning of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Angel Stadium on May 12, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Much like Jimenez, Weaver has had a very up & down season with some very good starts spotted in with some very poor ones. Weaver continues to struggle with diminished fastball velocity, but his success seems to hinge on the quality of his control on a given day. His last outing on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium was solid if not spectacular as he allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 10 hits in 7 innings, but he still took the loss as the Angel offense was shut down by Clayton Kershaw and the Angels fell 5-1.

Game Notes

  • Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar is 8-for-23 (.348) in his career against Jimenez, with one home run, one double and two RBIs.
  • The Orioles lead the Majors with 62 homers this season, including 25 in their last 12 games. The O’s have gone deep five times in this series.
  • After playing on Friday and Saturday with just 24 active players, the Angels will be able to field a full 25-man roster on Sunday. They were down a man due to the acquisition of former two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, who signed Friday. Due to Lincecum’s Major League tenure, he had to agree to be sent to the Minors. He consented, and was forced to go through waivers and remain on the team’s 25-man roster until he went unclaimed.

Starting Lineups

Baltimore

  1. RF-Joey Rickard -.261
  2. SS-Manny Machado – .315
  3. CF-Adam Jones – .237
  4. 1B-Chris Davis – .243
  5. DH-Mark Trumbo – .300
  6. LF-Nolan Reimold – .322
  7. 2B-Jonathan Schoop – .262
  8. C-Caleb Joseph – .204
  9. 3B-Ryan Flaherty – .217

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .302
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .287
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .321
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .222
  5. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .263
  6. 1B-C.J. Cron – .250
  7. LF-Rafael Ortega – .288
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .179
  9. SS-Gregorio Petit – .333

AL West Standings

  1. Seattle: 25-17 (.595)
  2. Texas: 24-19 (.558) – 1.5 GB
  3. Angels: 19-24 (.442) – 6.5 GB
  4. Oakland: 19-25 (.432) – 7 GB
  5. Houston: 17-27 (.386) – 9 GB

Other AL West Matchups

  • Seattle @ Cincinnati – 10:05am PT
  • Texas @ Houston – 11:10am PT
  • NY Yankees @ Oakland – 1:05pm PT

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